Arsenal are among an elite group of clubs who may be in danger of breaking the financial fair play rules for the 2021/2022 season, according to a report by French website L’Equipe.
Barcelona, Juventus, Inter Milan, AS Roma, PSG, Olympique de Marseille and Arsenal could all find themselves at the wrong side of the UEFA’s financial rules and have been informed that sanctions could be applied next month.
According to L’Equipe, the clubs that have been listed will face both financial and transfer sanction but each club’s club punishment will vary as the numbers are not the same across board.
The sanctions will be grouped into two with the first containing 10 teams who have violated the financial fair play for the 2020/2021 season, and the second group which is expected to have the tougher sanctions for those who broke the rules for the 2021/2022 campaign.
The first list has teams like Juventus, Inter Milan, AS Roma, FC Barcelona, PSG and Olympique de Marseille, most of these clubs could be fined and have some kind of transfer restrictions imposed on them.
Even though there are growing reports that clubs like Barcelona and Juventus have refused to cooperate with UEFA and still have plans of breaking away to form their Super League.
Arsenal are one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs but have suffered financial losses in the last three years which will be a concern to both owners and fans given how well they have started the season.
Over the three year period, the Gunners have recorded their highest net expenditure in terms of transfers with £217 million spent on players.
Strong start to the season
One the field of play the Gunners have had a strong start to the season, winning all their first three games in the Premier League, the first time they have done this since 2005.
Mikel Arteta has brought in fresh faces who are motivated and are playing with so much energy and enthusiasm that has lifted expectations amongst fans.
Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko both from Manchester City have all hit the ground running while Fábio Vieira, described in Portugal as the rare star, is expected to take the Premier League by storm when fully fit.