Many people have been wondering how much money Arsenal earned in the Europa League after they were eliminated after losing to Sporting Lisbon. Mikel Arteta’s team was defeated 5-3 in a penalty shootout at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night, after tying 3-3 with the Portuguese team over two matches. Despite the disappointment of the defeat, Arsenal can now focus on their Premier League title defense, and they have also received a sizable sum of money as a result. So, how much money did Arsenal receive for their participation in the Europa League? Let’s look into it…
It appears that Arsenal has been granted £4.4m in prize money by UEFA subsequent to their elimination from the Europa League. The club received £3.3 million for qualifying for the Group Stage, as well as £1.1 million for advancing to the Round of 16, bringing their total prize money to that amount.
Arsenal’s hopes of winning a cup in addition to the Premier League were dashed after Sporting Lisbon eliminated them from the Europa League on penalties. While there could be a variety of reasons for Arsenal’s failure to progress, here are my observations (please share yours in the comments):
UEFA published a document outlining the prize money for the Europa League at the start of the 2022/23 season.
The prize money range varies throughout each phase of the competition, with the winner receiving £7.8m and the runner-up receiving £4.2m.
The amount of prize money for each stage is as follows:
Round of 16: £1.1m
Knockout round play-offs: £446,000
Group winner: £994,000
Group runner-up: £500,000
Group stage win: £572,000
Group stage draw: £191,000
Group stage qualification: £3.3m
This prize money isn’t much for a club the size of Arsenal, but it’s better than nothing.
Arsenal received £4.4 million in prize money for their Europa League campaign, which is barely enough to cover Thomas Partey’s salary for 22 weeks.
Arsenal can now concentrate on their next 11 Premier League games, which include matches against Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester City.
Sporting Lisbon is being undervalued.
Arteta clearly did not field his strongest starting eleven in order to gain an early advantage. Odegaard and Partey are crucial to the team’s midfield, and their absence meant that Arsenal’s midfield was unable to function normally. It was also questionable to leave out Saka, who is crucial to the team’s right wing.
Starting with a weakened squad
Arsenal has fielded a consistent starting eleven in the Premier League that has produced results. While it is understandable to give players game time in the early stages of a cup competition, the strongest team must be fielded in the knockout stages. Although Nelson, Jorginho, and Vieira are all good players, they should have been used as subs after the main stars had helped Arsenal win the game.
Starting fatigued or unfit players
If I were Arteta, I would have given Martinelli some rest and opted for a Jesus-Trossard forward line. Although Martinelli has been in good form lately, resting him would have been a wise decision. Starting with Trossard and then substituting him for Emile Smith-Rowe could have given Arsenal’s attack a different dimension against Sporting. Was Jesus ready to start in such a tough game? What if he had been used as a substitute and given an opportunity to start against Crystal Palace?
Arsenal’s game plan may have been thrown off by the injuries to Tomiyasu and William Saliba. Coaches usually have a game plan in mind before a match, and the players they select for the starting eleven are aware of it. As a result, taking out one or two players can throw the game plan off. In any case, the damage has been done, and Arteta and his teammates must now turn their attention to the Premier League. I’m hoping they’ll be able to see it through.
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