Arsenal spend £1m-per-week more than Tottenham on player wages

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Arsenal's board will face more questions when bitter north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur release their figures for last season, with the financial report set to show a £1million-per-week gap in player wages.

The Sun reports how the Gunners have already confirmed a 15 per cent hike in salaries, to £143.4million in 2011/12. And, if speculation that Spurs remained at their 2010/11 level of £91.1million, it would mean that Arsenal spent £52million more to finish just a point ahead in the Premier League table.

Emirates Stadium hierarchy will point to the fact that Arsene Wenger's side successfully qualified for the Champions League, but it was only Chelsea's miracle in Munich that denied fourth-placed Tottenham their place in Europe's elite club competition.

Additionally, Arsenal will only recoup that £50million deficit if they were to win the competition this year, leaving many fans pointing the finger at the ineffective use of the club's wage budget.

With peripheral players like Marouane Chamakh, Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci earning a combined £150,000-a-week, despite not yet making a Premier League appearance between them, Gunners fans can be forgiven for feeling concerned.

Meanwhile, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas will undoubtedly be operating under tighter limits at White Hart Lane, with chairman Daniel Levy a notoriously shrewd businessman.

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