- Arsenal boasts the second most valuable squad in the world, with a combined market value of €1.09 billion, trailing only behind Manchester City.
- In just three years, Arsenal has witnessed an astounding €492 million increase in its squad’s market value, showcasing remarkable progress.
- Several factors have contributed to this rise, including significant investments in player transfers and the impact of manager Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal’s Remarkable Climb
Arsenal’s recent journey in the world of football is nothing short of spectacular. After an unexpected title challenge in the previous Premier League season and an impressive summer transfer window, the team, led by manager Mikel Arteta, continues to shine. Their triumph over Manchester City in the Community Shield and a subsequent five-game unbeaten streak, coupled with a dominating 4-0 victory over PSV in the Champions League, demonstrate their prowess.
Second Most Valuable Squad Worldwide
Arsenal’s success extends beyond the pitch, as they currently possess the second most valuable squad globally, with a collective market value of €1.09 billion. Only Manchester City surpasses them in this regard, making Arsenal a formidable contender in European football.
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) September 8, 2023
A Striking Increase in Market Value
One of the most striking aspects of Arsenal’s journey is the extraordinary surge in their squad’s market value. Over the past three years, the club’s overall market value has skyrocketed by a remarkable 82%. This incredible transformation has seen their value climb from €599 million in September 2020 to the current €1.09 billion. This €492 million increase stands out as the highest among English clubs, with Newcastle United coming in second with an increase of €369 million, followed by Aston Villa (€365 million), Nottingham Forest (€326.6 million), and Brentford (€298 million).
Challenging the Status Quo
Arsenal’s ascent is particularly noteworthy when compared to their traditional top-six rivals. In the same three-year period, Liverpool has experienced a decrease in squad value by €194 million, while Tottenham Hotspur’s value dropped by €32.3 million. Chelsea (+€45 million), Manchester City (+€122 million), and Manchester United (+€124 million) have seen more modest gains. So, what factors have contributed to Arsenal’s impressive rise in player value?
Investment in Player Transfers
First and foremost, Arsenal’s substantial investment in player transfers cannot be overlooked. While they may not have matched Chelsea or Manchester City’s spending, Arsenal’s expenditure of €680 million over the past three seasons ranks third in European football. Their net spend on transfer fees, totaling €537 million, is surpassed only by Chelsea and Manchester United. These financial commitments have undoubtedly played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s resurgence.
This Arsenal team has got Ian Wright dreaming 💭 pic.twitter.com/RkFLgr6D3t
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) September 21, 2023
Arteta’s Influence on Player Improvement
Another crucial factor is the influence of manager Mikel Arteta. Under his guidance, Arsenal’s key players have demonstrated significant improvement, which is reflected in their rising market values. Arteta’s tenure, which began in December 2019, has witnessed players such as Ben White and Jurrien Timber increase in value due to transfer fees. However, seven out of the top 10 improvements in market value are attributed to players becoming better under Arteta’s guidance.
"Good headaches!" 🧠
Mikel Arteta talks squad depth, celebrating Arsenal's #UCL return with a win and looking forward to the north London derby… 👀
— Football on TNT Sports (@footballontnt) September 20, 2023
A Holistic Improvement
To underscore the impact of Arteta’s management, we can observe the improvement in Arsenal’s squad value since his arrival. The collective market values of Arsenal’s stars have risen significantly, aligning with the club’s on-field success. While financial investments have been substantial, Arteta’s ability to nurture and enhance the talents of both acquired and homegrown players has played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s rise in English and European football.
Arsenal’s PROGRESS in the last 3 seasons (20/21 – 22/23) 📊
📈 League Position
8th, 5th, 2nd
61, 69, 84
💸 Squad Market Value (€)
619m, 613m, 890m
⚽️ Goal Difference
16, 13, 45
🎈 Current Average Age: 25.2
But yeah, Arsenal are just gonna inexplicably fall off 👍 pic.twitter.com/ramP06ofWj
— Alexander (@AMonFootball) May 29, 2023
This combination of astute transfer dealings and player development underscores Arsenal’s remarkable journey to becoming the world’s second most valuable squad.
Top 20 Most Valuable Squads in FIFA Men’s Rankings for September 2023
- Manchester City (€1.18 billion)
- Arsenal (€1.09 billion)
- Paris Saint-Germain (€1.04 billion)
- Real Madrid (€991 million)
- Chelsea (€925 million)
- Bayern Munich (€897 million)
- Manchester United (€882 million)
- Liverpool (€830 million)
- Barcelona (€814 million)
- Tottenham Hotspur (€689 million)
- Newcastle United (€598 million)
- Aston Villa (€597 million)
- Napoli (€577 million)
- AC Milan (€529 million)
- Inter Milan (€523 million)
- Borussia Dortmund (€467 million)
- Bayer Leverkusen (€446 million)
- West Ham United (€443 million)
- Atlético Madrid (€442 million)
- Juventus (€433 million)