Arsenal Absorb Beneath Than Chelsea, Admitting Jose Mourinho Claims

Chelsea bang-up Jose Mourinho reckons Arsenal accept spent abundant to be Premier League appellation challengers next division – but his London rivals accept spent far beneath than him in the accomplished three years.

Mourinho – who led Chelsea to the appellation endure division – claimed Arsenal bang-up Arsene Wenger can accept no excuses in 2015/16, afterward the contempo big-money transfers of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, as able-bodied as the £10m accretion of the Blues' Petr Cech this summer.

"If you add up the amounts clubs accept spent in the endure three or four years I anticipate maybe you will acquisition a surprise," he said.

"If you put Ozil additional Sanchez, additional Calum Chambers, additional Mathieu Debuchy, you will acquisition a surprise.

"It's a absurd band with acceptable players, absurd goalkeeper, they are added than accessible to be a appellation contenders.

"Get a calculator. That is the easiest thing, it leaves no amplitude for speculation. If you wish to be honest, cold and businesslike it is the easiest job for a administrator to do."

We took his advice, got our calculator out and, with the alteration abstracts provided by the Press Association, came up with these totals…

Diego Costa abutting Chelsea for £32m endure summer 2013/14: Andre Schurrle £18m, Marco van Ginkel £8m, Cristian Cuevas £1.7m, Willian £32m, Isaiah Brown £209,000*, Christian Atsu £3.5m, Nemanja Matic £21m, Mohamed Salah £11m, Kurt Zouma £12.5m.

2014/15: Cesc Fabregas £30m, Diego Costa £32m, Mario Pasalic £3m*, Felipe Luis £15.8m, Loic Remy £8.5m, Juan Cuadrado £23.3m.

2015/16: Asmir Begovic £8m, Nathan £4.5m*, Danilo Pantic £1.25m*.
Total: £234.259m.

Alexis Sanchez was a £35m Arsenal acquirement in 2014
2013/14: Mesut Ozil £42.5m, Matt Macey £100,000*.

2014/15: Alexis Sanchez £35m, Mathieu Debuchy £12m, David Ospina £3m, Calum Chambers £16m, Danny Welbeck £16m, Krystian Bielik £2.4m, Gabriel Paulista £11.2m.
2015/16: Petr Cech £10m.

Total: £148.2m
*Reported fee

While Arsenal accept acutely added big-ticket players to their band in contempo seasons, the spending at the Emirates works out as beneath than two-thirds of the sum splashed by Mourinho’s Chelsea back 2013/14.

There is still time for both clubs to access those totals, with the alteration window not closing until September 2 but, for now, Chelsea abide the big-spenders amid these two teams.
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