Arsenal finish ahead of Leicester in Premier League money rankings

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Arsenal fans were left in a state of pure glee following their 4-0 trouncing of Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

It may have seen the curtain come down on a disappointing season for the Gunners, but leapfrogging their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who were humiliated by Newcastle United, into second place was seen as a fitting consolation.

The result means Arsenal have finished above Spurs in each of the last 21 seasons and also saw them earn over £100million in the Premier League money league.


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Going into yesterday's final games, the Gunners were set to earn more than any other team anyway (£99.8m) but rising one more place added £1.2m to that total. It saw them breach the nine-figure barrier in prize money for the first time.

While Arsenal fans may be disappointed with the lack of silverware, they can certainly be happy in the knowledge that Arsene Wenger will have just a little bit more money at his disposal going into the summer transfer window.

Leicester finish fifth

Leicester, of course, were the only team to better Arsenal's 71-point tally but they did so emphatically, ending the season with a massive ten-point gap after finishing the season with a hard-earned point against Chelsea.

However, the Foxes have paid for their lack of prominence on both Sky Sports and BT Sport and have, as a result, finished fifth in the money league behind Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United. 

Their total of £93.3m is down to the fact that only 15 of their league games were televised while Arsenal had 27 aired on the subscription channels. Clubs get £750,000 for each televised match, meaning Arsenal earned £9m more than Leicester from the TV pot alone.

Manchester United had the second-most televised games with 26 while Manchester City had 25 and Tottenham had 21.

Next season

The beginning of next season will see the first under the new £8.3bn TV deal meaning clubs will see their prize money go up as much as 50%.

Arsenal, for instance, will earn over £150m if they have exactly the same success next season while Norwich, who finished 19th, would earn just shy of £100m. So, essentially, the bottom club in the next campaign can expect to earn the same as this season's top club.

The full table

Prize money league...

1. Arsenal - £101m
2. Manchester City - £96.8m
3. Manchester United - £96.3m*
4. Tottenham - £95m
5. Leicester - £93m
6. Liverpool - £90.4m
7. Chelsea - £87.1m
8. West Ham - £85.6m
9. Southampton - £84.5m
10. Everton - £82.9m
11. Stoke City - £79m
12. Swansea City - £75.3m
13. Watford - £74.1m
14. West Brom - £73m
15. Newcastle United - £72.7m
16. Crystal Palace - £72.4m
17. Sunderland - £71.7m
18. Bournemouth - £70.4m**
19. Norwich City - £66.7m
20. Aston Villa - £66.2m

*Manchester United must beat Bournemouth to finish fifth
** Assumes that Bournemouth remain 16th after losing to Manchester United

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