How Arsenal’s transfer spending since 2010 compares to Chelsea, Man United and their other rivals

Arsenal have been the Premier League’s fifth-biggest spenders over the last decade, but unlike some they’re yet to break the £1 billion barrier.

The Gunners spent a reported £87.8m on transfers over the course of the most recent window, with the £45m paid to Atletico Madrid for Thomas Partey a significant proportion of that amount. It took the club’s total transfer spending since the opening of the summer 2010 window to £789.1m.

Significant arrivals, in terms of fees spent at Emirates Stadium over the last decade have been: Nicolas Pepe (£72m, from Lille in 2019), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£55m, from Borussia Dortmund in 2018), Alexandre Lacazette (£45m, from Lyon in 2017) and Mesut Ozil (£38.2m, from Real Madrid in 2013) – each one setting a new club transfer record.

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Only four other clubs have spent more on new players over the course of the last 10 years. Unsurprisingly, Manchester City have spent a total of £1.42 billion on new players since summer 2010.

Chelsea’s heavy £225.1m spending spree this summer took their total to £1.38 billion and into second place.

Manchester United, meanwhile, have spent £1.09 billion on new players in the last decade, with diminishing returns since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, while Liverpool have shelled out £909.9m.

The Premier League’s five biggest spenders have spent more on transfer fees over the last 10 years than the rest of the division combined, with a collective amount that is just under £5.59 billion. That’s compared to the £5.21 billion spent by all the other clubs currently in the top flight.

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Cumulative spend // 2010-2020

Manchester City – £1,421,400,000

Chelsea – £1,380,559,000

Manchester United – £1,090,930,000

Liverpool – £909,900,000

Arsenal – £789,065,000

Everton – £707,240,000

Tottenham Hotspur – £626,150,000