Top 10 highest paid players in the Premier League
As the Premier League's television broadcast deals skyrocketed in recent years, so did the amount of money each club received thanks to the equal distribution of overseas television money. It was a double-edged sword, of course, as not only did clubs have the money to spend on top players but the transfer market was also inflated as a result.
Not only that, to attract top players, clubs had to also increase their wage bill to compete for signatures. It is one of the keys to retaining players as well in a highly competitive league.
So who are the highest-paid players in the Premier League?
#10 Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)
Wages: £170,000 per week
It had been a while since Arsene Wenger signed a top striker at Arsenal. Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski had arrived back in 2012 to replace Robin van Persie and since then there hasn't been a legitimate star leading the line.
Danny Welbeck had failed to progress while Theo Walcott has been on the decline. Wenger decided enough was enough and spent a club record £52.7m to sign Alexandre Lacazette.
The Frenchman has scored 8 goals in the league so far but more importantly he has worked well as a creative fulcrum up front with his hold-up play that helps bring Alexis Sanchez (7 goals) and Mesut Ozil (4 goals) into the final third.
It was a signing the Gunners desperately needed and adds to their squad depth.