Arsenal’s £ 146million mistake showing they are the worst of the Premier League greats in the transfer market



Arsenal have been congratulated on their productive summer transfer window for 2021.

Technical director Edu has added six young players for a total of £ 140million, with Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Nuno Tavares, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard – all of whom have had a good start to life at the ‘Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners now have a squad rich in young talent who will only get better but they haven’t always been so successful in the transfer market.

In fact, they’ve often been synonymous with bad contractual relationships, failing to tie up star players before they go cheap, with people like Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez coming to mind. looked at the transfer activity of the so-called Big Six Premier League clubs between 2012 and 2019, looking at each team’s success in selling players for market value.

The study concluded that Arsenal were the worst of the six when it came to selling players, racking up £ 297.23million in sales over that period, being £ 146.22million less than estimated value of those players £ 443.45million.

This means that the North London outfit received only 67% of what it might have expected, a damning statistic that has contributed to their sharp decline in recent times.

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By comparison, Liverpool got the best of the six clubs, selling players for a combined £ 505.24million – £ 33.27million more than their declared value of £ 471.97million – which gives the Reds an absorption of 7.0%.

The Gunners could be even more disappointed when it comes to transferring a windfall when it comes to forwards Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette, given the prolific duo are both within the last eight months of their respective contracts at the club.


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