There has been a lot of press in recently about the £3.1 billion worth of debts that the 20 Premier League teams have amassed. The Guardian had a great club by club breakdown last week of match day revenues and the wage bills of each Premier League team.
It is a huge competitive advantage that these teams have over the rest of the league including Chelsea and Liverpool and it is easy to see why Liverpool need a new stadium if they hope to compete with the other big four teams and why Chelsea need to the deep pockets of Roman Abramovich.
How big a competitive advantage do Arsenal and Man United have? Their combined gate and match-day income is £196.5. The rest of the premier League combined is £196.8! ( note that amount only covers the teams reporting gate and match day income).
Team Gate and match-day income
Aston Villa 18.5
Man City 13.6
Man United 101.5
West Brom 7
West Ham 17
Tomorrow we will look at the difference in wags bills across the Premier League.