Arsenal may be heading for a second place finished in the league but they aren’t giving up their affinity with fourth place just yet.

With the release of the wages per club for last season, Arsenal sit in a familiar spot while Manchester United have overtaken their noisy neighbours City as the club with the highest wage bill, something that is unlikely to have changed this season with the arrival of Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria.

As a percentage of club turnover, Arsenal’s wage bill is still one of the lowest at 56% however United can temper their whopping £215.8m wage bill with the fact that it represents only 50% of their turnover.

QPR’s wage bill, which amounted to £75.3m last season, represented an unsustainable and simply unbelievable 195% of their turnover.

Good luck with that in the Championship!

CLUB 2013-14 WAGE BILL (IN £M) 2012-13 WAGE BILL (IN £M) 2013-14 TURNOVER 2012-13 TURNOVER WAGES TO TURNOVER RATIO
Manchester United 215.8 180.5 433.2 363.1 50
Manchester City 205 233.1 346.5 271 59
Chelsea 192.7 172.6 319.8 255.8 60
Arsenal 166.4 154.5 298.7 242.8 56
Liverpool 144 131 256 206 56
Tottenham 100.4 96.1 180.5 147.4 56
Newcastle 78.3 61.7 129.7 66.5 62
QPR 75.3 78 38.7 60.6 195
Sunderland 69.5 57.9 104.4 75.5 67
Everton 69.3 63 120.5 86.4 58
Aston Villa 69.3 71.9 116.9 83.7 59
West Brom 65.4 0 86.8 69.7 75
West Ham 63.9 56.2 114.9 89.8 56
Swansea 62.3 48.1 98.7 67.1 64
Stoke 60.6 60.3 98.3 75.5 67
Southampton 55.2 41.4 106 71.8 59.3
Crystal Palace 45.7 18.7 90.4 14.5 50.5
Hull 43.3 25.9 84.5 11.1 64
Leicester 36.3 26.8 31.2 19.6 116
Burnley 21.5 15.3 19.6 15.2 110
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