Arsenal may be leading the way in the Premier League, but their starting 11 price is pretty low compared to their rivals.
The Gunners spent more than any other team in England’s top flight in 2021, spending big to bring in stars including Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu.
However, fast forward to the end of 2022 and Mikel Arteta’s side are ninth in spending, having paid £118.86m on transfers including Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
That kind of money isn’t peanuts, but contrary to what fans might think given their status as Premier League leaders, the reduction in transfer fees is reflected in the team that has put them at the top of the table.
Popular right-back White became the Gunners’ most expensive signing of the 2021 summer window, signing him from Brighton for £50m.
But England international aside, Arsenal have a talented squad that costs less.
So how much are each of the Gunners worth and how do their payouts compare to their top 6 rivals, we hear you ask?
Here are all the details for you…
Starting the Gunners’ attack, star winger Bukayo Saka has been at the club since the age of seven when he signed as a youngster from Watford.
But while Arsenal’s other two main strikers saw the north London side forced to dip into their pockets, they paid just £6m for Gabriel Martinelli, while Gabriel Jesus cost £45m.
In midfield, Granit Xhaka and current captain Martin Odegaard both cost £30m and Thomas Partey £45m respectively.
Arsenal’s backline also cost less than £50m, with Kieran Tierney spending £25m, Gabriel £23m, William Saliba £27m and first-choice goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale £24m.
Now that target Mykhailo Mudryk is too expensive, they can move on to alternatives. Shakhtar are believed to want a salary in the same range as Jack Grealish and Antony for the striker.
Despite the arrival of superstar striker Erling Haaland in the summer, reigning Premier League champions Manchester City recorded the sixth-highest spending in the Premier League during the summer window.
But while they haven’t broken the bank so far this season, their starting XI boasts plenty of stars worth over £50m.
Unsurprisingly, Haaland has cost Man City a pretty penny, with an initial fee of £51m, which could rise to a total of £85.5m when agent fees, signing bonus and other costs are factored in.
Although he is not always guaranteed a move to Pep Guardiola’s side, Jack Grealish cost £100m when he joined from Aston Villa in 2021. Meanwhile, Kevin De Bruyne signed for £55m in 2015.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Newcastle boast players worth over £50m after their big takeover in 2020.
However, they were the eighth biggest spenders in the 2022 transfer window, signing Nick Pope for £10m and other stars who previously arrived for an equally modest fee.
But Eddie Howe’s side have a star that saw the Magpies part ways for more than £50m.
Although currently injured, summer transfer Alexander Isak cost the Magpies £58m – a club record.
Manchester United were tasked with rebuilding their squad when Erik ten Hag arrived in the summer, and their £214m spending in the window means they have a number of big-money stars.
Brazilian winger Antoni arrived at Old Trafford at the start of the season for £88million.
Meanwhile, former Real Madrid star Casemiro has seen off the £70million Red Devils.
Argentina 2022 World Cup winner Lisandro Martinez also broke the £50m mark when he signed for Ten Hag’s former club Ajax, with Man United paying £56.7m.
Antonio Conte’s side still have players who cost more than their northern rivals, despite criticism from fans for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s reluctance to spend big on transfers.London.
That player was also the club’s most expensive summer signing, former Everton star Richarlison, who joined Spurs for £60m.
Meanwhile, Spurs signed regular Ivan Perisic on a free transfer this summer. Yves Bissouma also caused White to lose half of his £25m outing in the last window.
The Reds’ latest addition to the squad is expected to cost just under £50m, with Dutch star Cody Gakpo expected to cost £47m.
In 2017, fan favorite Mohamed Salah signed for Liverpool for a record £36.9m, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for £35m from Arsenal.
But the Reds signed Darwin Nunez, who cost £50m, in the summer after securing a £64m deal from Benfica.
The likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson also cost more than Ben White, signing for £75m and £67m respectively.
The Blues were the Premier League’s biggest spenders in the summer of 2022.
Although their league position doesn’t show it, the club have spent around £300m since Todd Boehly took over at Chelsea – so it’s no wonder their squad boasts stars worth over £50m.
Wesley Fofana was transferred from “Leicester” for 80 million pounds, and Marc Cucurella from “Brighton” for 62 million pounds.
Now they are set to bring in Argentine star Enzo Fernandez for double White – £112m.
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