ARSENAL are getting bang for their buck after it was revealed their annual wage bill is less than HALF of Chelsea and Manchester United's.
The Gunners sit top of the Premier League table, five points clear of defending champions Manchester City.
Mikel Arteta's side also hold a huge 16-point advantage over Erik ten Hag's Man Utd with just 11 games remaining.
That is despite their significantly smaller wage budget.
In fact, Arsenal have the smallest wage bill of any of the traditional "Big Six".
According to The Mirror, the league leaders pay their players just shy of £98million each year.
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That is a world away from the biggest budget in the Premier League – which is held by Chelsea at £212m.
Todd Boehly's £600m spending spree over the last nine months has seen them edge ahead of Man Utd in the wage bill standings – with the Red Devils shelling out £211m.
They are followed by Man City at £182m, Liverpool at £158m and Tottenham at £110m.
Then come Arsenal – the first side limiting their wage bill to under the £100m mark.
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The biggest budgets outside of the top six come from Aston Villa, Everton, West Ham and Newcastle – all between £76m and £90m.
They are followed by Leicester, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Fulham, Wolves and Southampton.
Among the most threadbare wage bills are Leeds, Bournemouth and seventh-place Brighton – who spend just £35m per year on their players' salaries.
But the smallest annual wage bill is Brentford's.
Thomas Frank's entire squad earns just over £30m per year – but are punching well above their financial weight as they sit eighth in the Premier League table.
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