Wednesday 13 December 2017

Arsenal v Chelsea - How their spending compares

Jose Mourinho has claimed Arsenal are "more than ready to be title contenders" after spending heavily in the transfer market. Here is a comparison between the spending of Mourinho's Chelsea and Arsene Wenger's Arsenal over the last two years.

CHELSEA

2013/14: Andre Schurrle £18million, Marco van Ginkel £8million, Cristian Cuevas £1.7million, Willian £32million, Isiah Brown £209,000*, Christian Atsu £3.5million, Nemanja Matic £21million, Mohamed Salah £11million, Kurt Zouma £12.5million.

2014/15: Cesc Fabregas £30million, Diego Costa £32million, Mario Pasalic £3million*, Felipe Luis £15.8million, Loic Remy £8.5million, Juan Cuadrado £23.3million.

2015/16: Asmir Begovic £8million, Nathan £4.5million*, Danilo Pantic £1.25million*.

Total £234.259million.

ARSENAL

2013/14: Mesut Ozil £42.5million, Matt Macey £100,000*.

2014/15: Alexis Sanchez £35million, Mathieu Debuchy £12million, David Ospina £3million, Calum Chambers £16million, Danny Welbeck £16million, Krystian Bielik £2.4million, Gabriel Paulista £11.2million.

2015/16: Petr Cech £10million.

Total £148.2million

*Reported fee

How Chelsea and Arsenal's five biggest recent signings compare:

Chelsea

Diego Costa (£32million)

Chelsea were able to get him on the cheap and he provided a spiky presence with awesome finishing, despite having a nagging injury. (7/10)

Cesc Fabregas (£30million)

Helped transform Chelsea's midfield with the creative spark that had been missing and was rewarded with a Premier League title medal which had eluded him at Arsenal. (8/10)

Willian (£30million)

Hard-working but still has room to improve, especially in attack - last season he scored only twice with just three assists. (6/10)

Nemanja Matic (£21million)

A fantastic season last year on his return to Chelsea. His dominant presence was perhaps the main factor in Chelsea's title success. (9/10)

Andre Schurrle (£18million)

A World Cup winner for Germany maybe but he never settled at Chelsea, especially after Jose Mourinho arrived. (5/10)

Arsenal

Mesut Ozil (£42.5million)

The Germany international splits opinion, even among Arsenal fans, but it is probably no coincidence that his arrival saw the Gunners end their trophy drought. (8/10)

Alexis Sanchez (£35million)

Perhaps, with Matic, the best signing by a Premier League club last season when he had an awesome impact. (9/10)

Calum Chambers (£16million)

One for the future, given that he is only 20, he found himself thrown in at the deep end after Arsenal's defensive absences, but struggled against the very best opponents (6/10).

Danny Welbeck (£16million)

Not the greatest goal return for a forward in his first season after moving from Manchester United - needs to improve. (6/10)

Mathieu Debuchy (£12million)

Played only a handful of games after moving from Newcastle due to a serious injury, and was unable to dislodge Hector Bellerin when he did return. (5/10)

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