Arsenal have slipped from 6th to 8th in Deloitte’s annual football rich list. Last season the Gunners came in 6th with revenues of €290.3m, while this season that figure has dropped to €284.3m.
For the first time, Manchester United have slipped out of the top 3, overtaken by Bayern Munich, but it was Arsenal’s match-day revenue that remained key to a place in the top 10.
Deloitte said: “Match-day revenue remained strong in the 2012/13 season, and was the fourth highest of any Money League club aided by the impressive facilities at the Emirates Stadium. This was in spite of the total decreasing by £2.4m (3%) to £92.8m (€108.3m) as a result of three fewer home games being played.
“Home league average attendance remained at over 60,000, and Arsenal remains the only club in the Money League top 20 for whom matchday is its largest revenue source. We are unlikely to see this repeated at Arsenal, or any other Money League club in the future.”
Deloitte acknowledge the new kit sponsorship/naming rights deal done with Emirates, but also that Arsenal have been lagging behind other clubs in terms of commercial revenue, saying, “Whilst this represents impressive growth, eight of the other top ten clubs in the Money League still boast higher commercial figures, demonstrating the potential for further revenue generation in this area.
“Renewal of the club’s kit deal, due to expire at the end of the 2013/14 season, at improved values will undoubtedly help in this regard.”
The imminent announcement of the Puma tie-up will certainly provide the commercial revenue with a boost ahead of next year’s figures, while success on the field for the rest of this season would also have an impact in terms of prize money earned through domestic and European competition.
The top 10
- 1. Real Madrid: 518.9m euros
- 2. Barcelona: 482.6m euros
- 3. Bayern Munich: 431.2m euros
- 4. Man Utd: 423.8m euros
- 5. Paris Saint Germain; 398.8m euros
- 6. Manchester City: 316.2m euros
- 7. Chelsea: 303.4m euros
- 8. Arsenal: 284.3m euros
- 9. Juventus: 272.4m euros
- 10. AC Milan: 263.5m euros