Arsenal have maintained their status as one of world football’s financial powerhouses ranking eighth in Deloitte’s annual football rich list.
The Gunners saw their annual revenue grow from €284.3m (£243.6m) in 2013 to €359.3 (£300.5m) in 2014 – an impressive 23% rise of €75m.
Amazingly, despite closing the gap on top placed Real Madrid by €44.4m (€234.6m in 2013 vs €190.2m in 2014) we remain in eighth place, the same as last year. Of slight concern is the fact the gap with seventh place Chelsea (€387.9m) has widened by over 50%, although it must be noted that these figures do not include our new Puma deal.
Manchester United are the top placed English club in second (€518m), Manchester City (6th, €414.4m) and Liverpool (9th, €305.9m) also make the top ten.
Arsenal’s matchday revenue grew by 8% as a result of our successful FA Cup run, but for the second year running it was income from broadcasting rights (€147.3m) that made up the majority of our total. The extended deal with Emirates and the addition of several second tier partners saw us notch €92.2m on the commercial front.
It is expected that our new long-term deal with Puma, which kicked in during the summer of 2014, will help ensure we keep pace with the rest of Europe’s top dogs.
Interestingly, the number of Premier League clubs in the top 20 increased from six last year to eight and all 20 Premier League clubs are now within the top 40 globally – all thanks to the latest huge broadcasting deal.