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ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

How does Arsenal's spending compare to the top six? Get your calculators out

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is already ramping up the mind games and we're still a little under two weeks from the start of the Premier League season.

Indeed, with Chelsea set to take on Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday in the Community Shield, rival manager Arsene Wenger has already become the focus of his attention.

"If you add up the amounts clubs have spent in the last three or four years I think maybe you will find a surprise," Mourinho said, in an obvious attempt to add pressure on the Gunners in the early weeks of the season. Those comments came just two days after he said rival clubs were trying to buy the title

"If you put Ozil plus Alexis Sanchez, plus Chambers, plus Debuchy, you will find a surprise. It's a fantastic squad with good players, fantastic goalkeeper, they are more than ready to be a title contenders. Get a calculator. That is the easiest thing, it leaves no space for speculation."

So is he right? We've got our calculator out to see just how much the Premier League's top six clubs have spent since the summer before the start of the 2012-13 campaign. 

And the result? Arsenal are the lowest spenders of any top six club in the three to four-year period Mourinho referred to, splashing out a total of £166.06 million on new players in that timeframe. Meanwhile, Chelsea are way ahead of their London rivals with a spend of £271.6m.

TOTAL SPEND
NET SPEND
Man United £308.6m
Man United £257.04m
Chelsea £271.6m
Man City £156.15m
Liverpool £262.79m
Liverpool £115.57m
Man City £251.83m
Arsenal £89.4m
Spurs £190.05m
Chelsea £82.79m
Arsenal £166.06m
Spurs -£9.48m


Figures apply from the summer before the 2012-13 season.

While Arsenal may have a higher net spend (the cost of buying players minus money brought in from sales) than Chelsea -- £6.61m more than the reigning Premier League champions -- in comparison to the other leading Premier League clubs it isn't high.

The stats don't make pretty reading for Manchester United, who have both the biggest total spend of £308.6m and net spent of £257.04m.

Manchester City come in second on net spend, and there will be pressure on Brendan Rodgers' shoulders as Liverpool appear third in both categories with a massive spend of £262.79m. 

Louis van Gaal's Man United have outspent both Arsenal and Chelsea.

As Arsenal and Chelsea are so closely matched on net spend, Mourinho might have a point about Arsenal challenging. But with three other clubs having a significantly higher net spend the calculator should really be telling us that neither Arsenal nor Chelsea should be in the race for the title.

Just take a look at Tottenham though: they are actually running at a net transfer profit of £9.48m over the past few season and still finished fifth in the table last season. Of course, they have Gareth Bale's reported €100m move to Real Madrid to thank for that.

All transfer figures taken from transfermarkt.co.uk.

Dale Johnson has been an editor and journalist at ESPN for 18 years. You can follow him on Twitter @dalejohnsonESPN.

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