The Times reporter Martyn Ziegler has revealed that Tottenham’s wage bill has now gone above that of their North London rivals, Arsenal.

The journalist reveals that Tottenham’s wage bill only stood at £127m back in 2017, which was comfortably the lowest among the so-called ‘big six’.

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However, it has grown a whopping 66 per cent in the six years since, now standing at £209m, which is £3m more than Arsenal’s.

The only club out of the six to see a bigger rise in that time period is Liverpool, with the Reds seeing a 75 per cent increase from £208m in 2017 to £366m in 2021-22.

Manchester United currently have the highest wage bill in the Premier League at £384m, followed by Liverpool while Man City come in third with £354m.

Although Ziegler’s list has Chelsea at fourth with £333m, the journalist clarifies that these are figures for last season and the Blues’ numbers have gone up since then.

Spurs Web Opinion

Not only has our transfer spending gone up substantially since our move to the new stadium (barring the 12-month interruption due to Covid) but our wage bill (which is usually a bigger expense for most clubs than transfer fees) has also increased substantially.

So, any suggestions that we are not spending money in line with the other big sides, is plainly false.

In fact, Arsenal’s success and our own record with big-money signings (Richarlison, Ndombele etc) show that transfer fees often do not directly equate to success. It is about making smart acquisitions.

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