We all know that Arsenal don’t pay the same sort of stupid wages as some other clubs in the league so it will come as no surprise to learn that only one player from the club makes the top ten list of the highest earners in the Premier League.
The Daily Mail published a list of the top ten on Friday and it is Mesut Ozil who makes the cut, coming in at number six, earning just a little more than than Raheem Sterling.
Yes, you read that correctly. 19-year-old, never won a thing, Raheem Sterling.
As far as I was aware both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez were on the same amount per week (£140k) but the Mail claim that the German actually earns £190k (before tax). Using the ‘take-home tax calculator’ this means that the World Cup winner would be bringing home around £100k per week on an annual salary of just under £10m.
Topping the list is Wayne Rooney who is on £260k per week, followed by Sergio Aguero (£240k), Yaya Toure (£240k), Eden Hazard (£220k) and David Silva (£200k).
Earning less than Ozil but still in the top ten are Sterling (a laughable £180k), Cesc Fabregas (£170k), Kevin de Bruyne (£170k) and John Terry (£160k).
It is worth noting that the figures presented by the Daily Mail are all ‘estimated figures pre-tax’ and that ‘sums may vary according to bonus payments.’