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Arsenal top Uefa FFP category

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In accordance with Financial Fair Play regulations, Uefa has carried out an audit on the 237 clubs competing in either Champions League or Europa League competition this season.

And English club Arsenal came out on top in one of the categories, as the club with the highest value of long-term fixed tangible assets.

There was a combined total of 4.9bn euros worth of long-term assets when all the 237 clubs were added together. 

And Arsenal alone impressively hold fixed assets worth over 500m euros.

The audit proves the advantage of owning your own stadium.

The Gunners built the spectacular Emirates Stadium in 2006, and whilst on-filed success has stagnated, the club's off-field success has continued to grow.

Incredibly, over half of the clubs competing in Europe this season still play in municipally-owned stadia.

However, the benefit of owning your stadium is shown in the report, with said clubs proving more prepared for the incoming Financial Fair Play laws.

Arsenal are the only club in the €500m plus band, while English clubs Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United all sit within the €200m plus band.

"Long term investment diversifies the sources of club revenue," The Uefa report stated. "Clubs owning their own stadium generated 23% and 11% of their total revenue from gate receipts and commercial activities compared to just 14% and 7% for those clubs who rent/lease their stadium."

Elsewhere, the report showed Real Madrid dwarfed the competition in terms of revenue, as they were the only club with €500m+.

The report was a benchmarking preliminary report in anticipation of the full report later in 2013.

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