English Premiership

Arsenal record £17.8m profit

2013-02-25 19:37
Arsene Wenger (AFP)

London - Arsene Wenger will face renewed calls to splash out on new signings after Arsenal announced a pre-tax profit of £17.8m in their half-yearly financial results on Monday.

Wenger has been criticised repeatedly in recent years for failing to spend big money on new players while Arsenal's results on the field continue to suffer.

The English Premier League club's latest healthy financial report, to the end of November 2012, will only add to the pressure on the Gunners boss to loosen the purse strings at the Emirates Stadium after eight years without a trophy and embarrassing exits from the FA and League Cups against lower league opposition this season.

The profit, down on £49.5m for 2011 and achieved by the £24m sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United, accompanies an increased figure of £123.3m in cash reserves.

However, rather than promise to break the bank of star players, Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood insisted the club's financial stability was the foundation of their regular presence in the Premier League's top four and the Champions League.

"Our ability to compete at the top of the game here and in Europe is underpinned by our financial performance which gives the club strength and independence," Hill-Wood said.

"Our desire is to make everyone connected with Arsenal proud of the club. We know that comes through winning trophies but also through the way we do things and that will remain our constant guide."

The financial report states the that "profit on sale of player registrations amounted to £42.5m" which will provide more ammunition to Arsenal fans who believe the club's owners have not replaced players such as Van Persie, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas with similar quality.

Hill-Wood is adamant Arsenal do all they can to sign the best players available and he added: "Let me be quite clear that our intention is to keep our best players and recruit new talent to make us stronger.

"Although we were disappointed to see Robin van Persie leave the club, we have taken steps to secure our best players going forward and have recently signed Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson to new long-term contracts.

"During this financial period we also invested £40.9m in the acquisition of new players, Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, and the extension of other player contracts. More recently we added Nacho Monreal to our ranks from Malaga."

Hill-Wood said that the Premier League club's agreement to bring in financial fair play spending controls would help Arsenal in the long run.

"These new rules will be good for us, good for the Premier League and good for the game as a whole," he added.

"It is important that we maintain the quality and level of competition if the game is to continue being a compelling spectacle and we believe the introduction of tighter financial regulation will assist all clubs to compete while remaining financially responsible."



Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

29 November 2015
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea, White Hart Lane 14:00
West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion, Boleyn Ground 16:05
Liverpool v Swansea City, Anfield 18:15
Norwich City v Arsenal, Carrow Road 18:15
05 December 2015
Stoke City v Manchester City, Britannia Stadium 14:45
Arsenal v Sunderland, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Swansea City v Leicester City, Liberty Stadium 17:00
Manchester United v West Ham United, Old Trafford 17:00
Southampton v Aston Villa, St. Mary's Stadium 17:00
West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur, The Hawthorns 17:00
Watford v Norwich City, Vicarage Road 17:00
Chelsea v Bournemouth, Stamford Bridge 19:30
06 December 2015
Newcastle United v Liverpool, St. James' Park 18:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


30 of the world's greatest golfers will be heading to the Gary Player Country Club for this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge - now in its 35th year. For all the latest news, player profiles, hole-by-hole descriptions and past winners, be sure to check out Sport24's dedicated section.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.