Arsenal-Man United Premier League first billion-pound game


The Premier League will witness its first ‘billion-pound game’ on Saturday when Manchester United visit Arsenal, according to financial analysts Vysyble.

The claim is based on the combined turnover of the two rivals, with Arsenal posting revenues of £424million in 2016-17 while United earned a record £581m, taking the clubs’ total to £1.05billion.

For both clubs, these numbers were double-digit percentage increases on 2015-16 and, to put that in perspective, it is enough cash to run the National Health Service for three days or pay for 22 new secondary schools.

Arsenal host Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening

Arsenal host Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening

Arsenal host Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening

In a statement, Vysyble’s Roger Bell said: ‘This is a remarkable achievement for the Premier League in terms of reflecting the success in driving revenues via lucrative TV rights deals.’

Bell, however, points out the huge sums coming into the top flight do not translate into profits, as all Premier League clubs spend huge sums on transfer fees and wages.

Vysyble also believes the clubs – and many financial analysts – fail to take into account the true cost of doing business and are actually running up economic…



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