The Premier League is constantly embroiled in a financial arms race. Clubs are always trying to get a leg up on each other, using the vast swathes of money at their disposal to do so – and Arsenal are no exception to this rule.
The Arsenal owners, like the rest of the clubs in the Premier League, are incredibly rich. This allows the North London club to make waves in the transfer market. They have been particularly active in the market this summer, as evidenced by the acquisitions of players such as Jurrien Timber, Declan Rice and Kai Havertz.
Arsenal’s current club owner, Stan Kroenke, has an estimated net worth of around £11.1 billion ($12.9 billion) – but this is not necessarily an accurate reflection of the Gunners’ overall enterprise value.
How much is Arsenal worth?
According to Statista, Arsenal are currently valued at £1.9 billion. This is the highest value the club has enjoyed since 2016, when they were estimated to have a net worth of £1.3 billion.
The club had an enterprise value of roughly £1.8 billion in 2018 – however, this value dropped year on year until it reached its lowest point in 2021 at £1.2 billion.
Since then, Arsenal’s value has grown fast. In 2022, they rose to just under £1.3 billion, before making a massive jump the following year – their success in the Premier League last season under Mikel Arteta likely played a major role in this.
How do Arsenal compare to other clubs in the Premier League and Europe?
Currently, according to a 2023 article by Forbes, the most valuable football club in the world is, unsurprisingly, Real Madrid. Los Blancos, despite their well-documented debts, have an estimated net worth of £4.6 billion.
Next up is Manchester United, who are, in turn, the most valuable club in the Premier League at this moment. Like Real Madrid, the Red Devils also have an estimated total net worth of around £4.6 billion.
The third most expensive football club in the world is Barcelona – like their fierce rivals Real Madrid, they are also mired in debt, but nonetheless have an extremely high club value. Currently, their estimated net worth stands at £4.2 billion in 2023.
While PSG are one of the world’s most infamous ‘money clubs’, they are only the seventh-most valuable football club in the world at the moment, with an estimated total enterprise value of £3.2 billion.
One of Arsenal’s greatest rivals, Chelsea, have a very high net worth – this is not surprising, given their successes over the last two decades and their ultra-rich owners. As things stand, the Blues have an estimated enterprise value of £2.3 billion.
Just behind them in ninth place are Arsenal’s North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. With controversial chairman Daniel Levy at the helm, Spurs have an estimated net worth of £2.1 billion – despite having not won a major trophy since 2008.
Overall, this makes Arsenal the tenth-most valuable club in world football at this moment in time, according to the report by Forbes. However, with their performances on the pitch growing in quality, this could increase sooner rather than later.