Off the back of 'Arry's comments earlier, I decided to do a little digging and figure out how much each team has shelled out for their currently registered Premier League squad. The figures exclude players out on loan, but they include some players who may not have featured yet, so long as they are able to feature:
BRAD FRIEDEL Free HEURELHO GOMES £9m CARLO CUDICINI Free BENOIT ASSOU-EKOTTO £3.5m MICHAEL DAWSON £4m WILLIAM GALLAS Free LEDLEY KING Free YOUNES KABOUL £5m SEBASTIEN BASSONG £8m VEDRAN CORLUKA £8.5m KYLE WALKER £3m AARON LENNON £1m JAKE LIVERMORE Free TOM HUDDLESTONE £2.5m LUKA MODRIC £16.6m NIKO KRANJCAR £2m GARETH BALE £6m STEVEN PIENAAR £3m DANNY ROSE £1m RAFAEL VAN DER VAART £8m SANDRO £6m ROMAN PAVLYUCHENKO £13.8m JERMAIN DEFOE £15m EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR Loan GIOVANI DOS SANTOS £4.7m BEN ALNWICK £900k SCOTT PARKER £5m TOTAL: £126.5m
MANUEL ALMUNIA £2.5m LUKASZ FABIANSKI £2M WOJCIECH SZCZENY Free VITO MANNONE £350k BACARY SAGNA £6M PER MERTESACKER £10m THOMAS VERMAELEN £10m LAURENT KOSCIELNY £10m ANDRE SANTOS £6.2m SEBASTIEN SQUILLACI £4m JOHAN DJOUROU Free CARL JENKINSON Free KIERAN GIBBS Free ABOU DIABY £2m THOMAS ROSICKY £8.8m MIKEL ARTETA £10m AARON RAMSEY £5M ALEX SONG £1M JACK WILSHERE Free ANDREI ARSHAVIN £15m EMMANUEL FRIMPONG Free YOSSI BENAYOUN Loan FRANCIS COQUELIN Free JU-YOUNG PARK £3m ROBIN VAN PERSIE £2.75m THIERRY HENRY Loan THEO WALCOTT £9.1m ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN £12m GERVINHO £10.6m MAROUANE CHAMAKH Free TOTAL: £134.8m
BRAD JONES £2.3m PEPE REINA £6m DONI Free GLEN JOHNSON £17.5m JOSE ENRIQUE £6.3m DANIEL AGGER £5.8m FABIO AURELIO Free MARTIN SKRTEL £6.5m JAMIE CARRAGHER Free STEVEN GERRARD Free MAXI RODRIGUEZ Free STUART DOWNING £20m JAY SPEARING Free LUCAS LEIVA £6m CRAIG BELLAMY Free MARTIN KELLY Free JONJO SHELVEY £1.7m CHARLIE ADAM £7m DIRK KUYT £9m LUIS SUAREZ £23m ANDY CARROLL £35m JOHN FLANAGAN Free JORDAN HENDERSON £16m SEBASTIEN COATES £7m DANNY WILSON £2m TOTAL: £171.1m
LINDEGAARD £3.5m KUSZCZAK £2.15m DE GEA £18.9m EVRA £5.5m JONES £17m FERDINAND £27.55m EVANS Free SMALLING £10m RAFAEL £2.5m FABIO £2.6m VIDIC £7m ANDERSON £15m GIGGS Free PARK £4m CARRICK £18.6m NANI £13.5m YOUNG £17m WELBECK Free HERNANDEZ £6m ROONEY £27m BERBATOV £30.75m OWEN Free MARCHEDA Free SCHOLES Free CLEVERLY Free FLETCHER Free VALENCIA £16m DIOUF £2m TOTAL: £246.55m
PETR CECH £7m ROSS TURNBULL Free HENRIQUE HILARIO Free ALEX £5.7m BRANISLAV IVANOVIC £9m DAVID LUIZ £26m JOHN TERRY Free ASHLEY COLE £5m PAULO FERREIRA £13.2m JOSE BOSINGWA £16.2m MICHAEL ESSIEN £24.4m ORIOL ROMEU £4.35m RAMIRES £18.3m FRANK LAMPARD £11m JOHN OBI-MIKEL £16m RAUL MEIRELES £12m JOSH McEACHRAN Free RYAN BERTRAND Free FLORENT MALOUDA £13.5m JUAN MATA £23.5m DIDIER DROGBA £24m FERNANDO TORRES £50m ROMELU LUKAKU £20m SALOMON KALOU £8m DANIEL STURRIDGE £4m NICOLAS ANELKA £15m TOTAL: £326.15
COSTEL PANTILIMON £6m JOE HART £1.5m GUNNAR NIELSEN Free STUART TAYLOR Tribunal VINCENT KOMPANY £6.7m ALEKSANDER KOLAROV £17m GAEL CLICHY £7m JOLEON LESCOTT £22m STEFAN SAVIC £9m NEDUM ONUHA Free MICAH RICHARDS Free KOLO TOURE £16m PABLO ZABALETA £6.5m GARETH BARRY £12m OWEN HARGREAVES Free ADAM JOHNSON £7m NIGEL DE JONG £16m JAMES MILNER £26m SAMIR NASRI £22m DAVID SILVA £25m YAYA TOURE £24m MARIO BALOTELLI £24.5m EDIN DZEKO £27m SERGIO AGUERO £38m CARLOS TEVEZ £25.5m WAYNE BRIDGE £12m TOTAL: £350.1
Now, I'm not sure whether that exercise throws up any real surprises, but it is still quite interesting. Despite all the praise Wenger receives for assembling a squad of players for a minimal amount, our current squad cost less even than Arsenal's. We spent exactly half of what United spent on their current squad and we have the same points tally after 20 games played, we've virtually spent a 3rd of City and are just 3 points behind them.
Liverpool are 3rd in the list, but a large majority of their expense was accumulated in the last 2 windows and they are 6th in the League right now but Chelsea are the real embarrassment. Over £300m spent on a squad that are 8 points off a team that spent just £125m. Oh dear
. . . and that doesn't even take into account player wages, which we would come out with the least spent by quite some margin.
Pretty impressive really and both Harry & Levy ought to take huge plaudits for such an achievement. We have, essentially, destroyed the commonly held belief that in order to challenge at the top end of the table, you have to spend well in excess of £150m.