By Kieran Maguire

5th Nov, 2021 | 1:09pm

Kieran Maguire makes £100m+ Arsenal claim after league-best reveal

Arsenal have saved “well over £100million” through producing the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka.

That is the view of finance expert Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest figures from the CIES Football Observatory.

The data released by CIES on 1 November shows that the Gunners produce more regularly-playing footballers than any other Premier League side.

A total of 51 Hale End academy graduates played an average number of 22 matches last calendar year across Europe’s most prestigious leagues.

Saka and Smith Rowe, neither of whom have missed a league match in 2021-22, are no doubt the most glittering jewels in the crown.

Serge Gnabry, Emiliano Martinez, Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock, Glen Kamara and Alex Iwobi have also come through the ranks in the last decade.

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Maguire explains how “factory farming” talented youngsters is a high-yield incomes stream for elite clubs.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “There is a phrase, ‘opportunity cost’, which means the money you save but never gets counted.

“Arsenal are pretty good at this. They’ve not generated huge revenue from player sales, but it’s ticking over. They have only brought in £325m since 2013.

“The creation of EPPP allows them to factory farm youth players. Even if they don’t make the first team, they can still provide a useful source of income.

“We are seeing a concentration of talent in some of the bigger clubs, even though many of them don’t go on to have careers at the club.

“They’ve got Saka and Smith Rowe, and that has saved them well over £100m.

“Then there’s the income stream from players such as Willock which you’ll be able to factor in.

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