Arsenal player wages for the 2019/20 season

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A new era at Arsenal is just a few hours away from commencing.

After seven games without a victory in all competitions, the axe was brought down on Unai Emery and interim coach Freddie Ljungberg will hold down the fort on Sunday afternoon.

And one of the things that could work in the Swede's favour is the sheer amount of quality in the squad.

Sure, the defence is looking pretty moth-eaten, but Arsenal have one of the best attacking trios in the world on paper: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe.

That's not to mention a certain Mesut Ozil who, despite dropping a superb display at Anfield, was never given the chance to prove his star quality under Emery this season.

Wages at Arsenal

The German has become something of a divisive figure at the Emirates Stadium for his often inconsistent form, suspect work-rate and the wages he collects each week.

In order to prevent what appeared an inevitable exit in 2018, Arsenal ripped up their wage structure to hand Ozil a massive pay-rise and he remained the club's highest earner.

But who comes closest to matching Ozil's dizzying figures? Well, the Mirror have revealed that Arsenal spend a whopping £100 million on player wages throughout a season.

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Club's highest earners

And not only that, they've ranked the key members of the Arsenal squad by how much they earn every week. It makes for interesting viewing - so check out the order below:

=16. Rob Holding - £25,000-a-week

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=16. Konstantinos Mavropanos - £25,000-a-week

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=16. Emiliano Martinez - £25,000-a-week

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15. Ainsley Maitland-Niles - £35,000-a-week

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14. Matteo Guendouzi - £40,000-a-week

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13. Calum Chambers - £50,000-a-week

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12. Lucas Torreira - £75,000-a-week

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11. Shkodran Mustafi - £90,000-a-week

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10. Sokratis Papastathopoulos - £92,000-a-week

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=7. Granit Xhaka - £100,000-a-week

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=7. Bernd Leno - £100,000-a-week

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=7. Sead Kolasinac - £100,000-a-week

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6. Hector Bellerin - £110,000-a-week

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5. David Luiz - £125,000-a-week

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4. Nicolas Pepe - £140,000-a-week

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3. Alexandre Lacazette - £182,000-a-week

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2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - £200,000-a-week

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1. Mesut Ozil - £350,000-a-week

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GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

In a world which was all fair and just, Arsenal's wage structure would look far different.

There's no way that Ozil should be earning £150,000-a-week more than his teammates.

He might be the most naturally gifted player in the squad, but Gooners don't get to see that often enough, even when he's being played more regularly.

Aubameyang is the most deserving of the fattest pay packet, somehow managing to score 51 goals and collect a Premier League Golden Boot in spite of all the chaos around him. 

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You've got to say that Matteo Guendouzi - who I believe was Emery's greatest signing - deserves a little more pocket money, too, even if the viscera of the wage structure looks pretty accurate.

You could fret and fuss over other minutia of the list for days, but one thing is clear: handing that blockbuster contract to Ozil has done more bad than good for Arsenal.

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