Arsenal paid out £16.2m on injured players last season, one of the highest totals in the Premier League.
If you ever wondered just how much Arsenal are paying out for injured players, the study conducted by the JLT Speciality insurance broker has you covered.
In their study, it’s revealed Premier League clubs spent a total of £177m on injured players last season, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal paying out the most.
Arsenal paid their injured stars £16.2m over the course of a season that saw them pick up 51 different injuries. One of the main reasons why the payout is so high is due to their injured players beign the highest earners.
Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck were long-term absentees, while Aaron Ramsey picked up a number of muscular injuries throughout the season. Laurent Koscielny also suffered problems last season.
Manchester City were the worst off. Although they only picked up 30 injuries, those injuries were sustained by higher earners such as Vincent Kompany, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
Unsurprisingly, JLT discovered a correlation between the number of injuries and final league position. Chelsea had just 21 injuries last season and went on to win the league, while Sunderland had 58 and finished rock bottom after a miserable season.
It’s crucial for teams to keep their best players fit. It’s possible Arsenal and Manchester United, who finished 5th and 6th respectively last season, missed out on the top-four simply because their injury count was higher than their rivals’.
Hence Arsenal will be more concerned with keeping their best players fit next season, rather than worry how much they’re paying said injured stars.