Arsenal achieves special record after signing Declan Rice, squad worth reaches historic high
Arsenal currently has a squad which is worth €1.07 Billion, will rise more if they win the league next year.
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Arsenal became the second club in world football to have a squad value worth over €1 billion (£852.8m), just behind Manchester City. The English giants are finally reaching the highs again under Mikel Arteta and have been spot-on with their hirings last season.
Despite having an elite group of players that they have acquired from the market, Arsenal have an impeccable balance in their squad of home-grown talents and marquee signings. Arsenal academy graduates like Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, and Folarin Balogun have had an incredible season individually as well, as reflected in their rising value, according to Transfermarkt. However, it is the marquee signings who are the primary reasons behind Arsenal’s squad value.
Over the last three transfer windows, the Gunners have shown both maturity and vision. Acquiring Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid for just €35m will go down as one of the shrewdest pieces of business. Apart from that, Oleksandr Zinchenko, William Saliba, and Gabriel Magalhaes were brought in for €79m in total, but they are currently valued at €162m. In the forward line, Gabriel Martinelli alone has seen his market value jump 12 folds since joining Arsenal. Despite the fact that some players, like Gabriel Jesus and Nicola Pepe, have underperformed, the depreciation in their value was mitigated by the over-performers.
Another aspect of Arsenal’s market value would be their recent splurge. The North London club has had quite a successful transfer window so far. They have signed German star Kai Havertz from their rivals Chelsea for a transfer fee of €60m plus € 5 m add-ons. West Ham United captain Declan Rice also joined for a club record £105m. The Gunners also signed Jurrien Timber from Ajax in a deal worth €40m, with another €5m to be paid through bonuses.
Arsenal also boasts a very young squad. They rank first in the list of the lowest average age of Premier League clubs with an average age of 24.4. The current Treble winners, Manchester City are reportedly the only team to be worth more in the world. They have a total value of €1.19billion, compared to Arsenal’s €1.07 billion.
Real Madrid round out the top three with a value of €975.50m. Paris Saint Germain, in fourth, remained the only team from Ligue 1 to feature in the top 30.
William Saliba extends his stay at Arsenal as he agrees on a contract extension until 2027
French center-back William Saliba has reportedly agreed to sign an extension with Arsenal. The 22-year-old breakout star defender was speculated to be on his way out of the club but it seems that the player had a change of heart and now is going to be a part of Mikel Arteta’s squad for the upcoming seasons.
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Saliba has signed a new contract extension with the Gunners. This would reportedly see him at the club until 2027.
Saliba had been a very pivotal part of Arteta’s back four at Arsenal. The player joined the North London side back in 2019. But spent most of his time on loan to different French clubs. His last loan spell was with Olympique Marseille and he joined the Gunners back in the last season.
In the past season, Saliba has played 33 games for the club. Saliba, despite ranking in the lower half when it comes to tackles and interceptions, his passes from the defensive third have become integral to Arsenal’s gameplay. The player also faced four yellow cards while securing 2,814 minutes on the pitch for the club.