Need something to lift your spirits on a boring Friday? Why don't you read over what The Telegraph are running with today:
Accounts for the year ending May 31, 2014 were published on Friday by Arsenal and revealed that the annual wage bill had increased to £166.4 million, while revenues exceeded £300 million for the first time in the club’s history. This summer’s transfer activity, however, is not included in the accounts and the net increase to the wage bill following the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers is around £15 million. That would put the wage bill for this current 2014-15 season at over £180 million. This will fluctuate slightly depending on performance-related elements of the contracts.
Chelsea’s most recently disclosed wage bill was £176 million, for the year ending 2012-13, but the Telegraph can reveal that this figure has stayed virtually static over the past two years amid the departures of older, higher-profile players like Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Fernando Torres.
If The Telegraph is correct, this is nothing short of hilarious. Arsenal have started the season looking like an absolutely terrible side, winning just twice in their first seven fixtures, and being generally outplayed in each of their four draws. Meanwhile, Chelsea, the arch-enemy of all things good and wholesome in the game, have been demolishing pretty much everything they've faced in style while paying their squad less than Arsenal. Narratives everywhere, beware.
Unfortunately, Arsene Wenger may need to find something else to whine about this season after that cheap bastard Jose Mourinho finishes above him yet again. Poor, poor Arsene. I suppose they better raise the prices at The Emirates so they can increase their wage bill next season. Who knows, maybe they'll even spend their money wisely this time...