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NEWCASTLE UNITED fans are still waiting to see whether their proposed £300m takeover by a Amanda Staveley-led consortium will go through.

The deal has been hit with fresh doubt as Saudi Arabia have been ordered to “deal with” allegations of TV piracy.

But a decision will reportedly be made ‘this week’ – while we have all the latest transfer news and behind-the-scenes goings on at St James’ Park.

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Arsenal predicted to suffer bleak £120m losses if fans don’t return as supporters’ trust warns things could get worse

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ARSENAL have been warned to expect losses of over £120million if football remains behind closed doors.

Few clubs make as much money as the Gunners do on a matchday – with that income completely lost since the coronavirus pandemic began.

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In 2018-19, Arsenal made £96million in matchday revenue alone, a huge proportion of their total £394m turnover.

Such a reliance on fans coming to Emirates Stadium left the club particularly vulnerable to the circumstances they now find themselves in.

Arsenal Supporters’ Trust have delved into the figures to estimate potential losses of £120m if the situation does not improve.



Matchday revenue for the protracted 2019-20 campaign is down to around £77m after the final weeks of the season went behind closed doors.

And the Trust reckon Arsenal will only be able to make £20m in matchday revenue in 2020-21, on the basis stadium capacity is restricted to 25 per cent.

This would set the North London club on course for a £44m loss in 2019-20 and £83m in the current campaign – totalling losses around £120m.

Premier League clubs are pushing for fans to return to stadiums but a second coronavirus wave threatens to slam the door on test events.

Furthermore, the reality could be even worse with these estimates predicated on TV money remaining steady throughout the new season, as well as commercial and retail income.

Arsenal have one of the biggest wage bills in Europe
Arsenal have one of the biggest wage bills in Europe

The predictions are just the latest stark warning of football’s financial outlook from the very top of the game, right down to grassroots level.

Arsenal have already made 55 staff members redundant amid the pandemic, with the bulk of the squad agreeing a wage cut.

However, Mikel Arteta has been able to revamp his squad with Gabriel Magalhaes and Pablo Mari arriving for a combined £35m.

Willian signed a three-year deal worth £220,000-a-week last month before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang extended his contract to reach £350,000-a-week.

The club have recouped over £20m from the sales of Emiliano Martinez and Sam Greenwood, with owner Stan Kroenke refinancing the debt accrued when building Emirates Stadium.

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The Trust summarised: “Estimated losses of £44m this year and £80m next year.

“And if fans don’t return soon and more broadcast contracts see reductions it could be much worse.

“Arsenal still run a bloated wage bill (well over £200m a year) and carry significant debts – both player installments still owed to other clubs and to KSE (stadium loan legacy). We do not know yet what interest, if any, is being charged to the club.

“Potential losses of at least £120m (possibly £150m) over 2020 & 2021 demonstrate why Arsenal have to be so careful in transfer market.”

Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal are as big as Barcelona which helped convince Aubameyang to stay and sign new deal

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LIVERPOOL continue their title defence against Chelsea in a HUGE Premier League game today.

Like the Reds, Chelsea also got off to a winning start after defeating Brighton 3-1 earlier in the week and both teams will be gunning for three points in this clash which could prove vital towards the end of the season.

  • Kick-off: 4.30pm
  • TV/live stream: Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League
  • Non Sky subscribers can buy a day pass to stream the match for £9.99 on NOW TV

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Newcastle vs Brighton LIVE: Stream, score, TV channel – Maupay quickfire early double puts Seagulls in command

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NEWCASTLE are looking to make it two Premier League wins out of two as they host Brighton and Hove Albion.

Buoyed by new signings Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick, the Steve Bruce’s Magpies impressed on opening day with a 2-0 win at abject West Ham.

Visitors Brighton started with a spirited display at home to Chelsea on Monday, but ultimately ended up losing the game 3-1.

  • Newcastle vs Brighton is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.
  • Coverage on Sky Sports Premier League commences at 1pm – an hour before kick-off.
  • To stream the game live, head to your Sky Go account.
  • Non-Sky Sports subscribers can still watch all the action with a Now TV Day Pass from £9.99.
  • Newcastle XI: Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lewis, Hayden, Shelvey, Hendrick, Saint-Maximin, Carroll, Wilson.
  • Brighton XI: Ryan, Lamptey, White, Webster, Dunk, Connolly, Bissouma, Maupay, Trossard, Alzate, March.

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