Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has revealed who the highest-paid Invincible was back in 2003/04 – it’s not who you think!
We live in an era today where transfer fees and salaries make the headlines on a daily basis. However, when Arsenal were the dominant force in English football all those years ago, nobody really cared about player wages.
If fans were asked to guess who our highest-paid player was, most people would pick Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp or Patrick Vieira. Surprisingly it’s none of them, and before you say it, it’s not Robert Pires or Freddie Ljungberg either.
Ray Parlour: Sol Campbell was the highest-paid Arsenal Invincible
Parlour told TalkSport: “I don’t think you should know what other players are on. I think it might be a little bit more reported in papers, and whether or not you go by papers or not whether they are right or not, I don’t know.
“But, I think it is up to you to decide what you are worth and be happy with your contract. Now, I couldn’t care less.
“I think Sol Campbell was our highest-paid player, because he came on a free transfer from Spurs. I’m not too sure how much he was on, but he was probably on double what Thierry Henry was. But, it doesn’t matter, because Sol was doing a fantastic job and I don’t think it should come down to money.”
The Insider’s View:
Coming in as a free agent from our fiercest rivals, we knew that Campbell was being paid well. However, nobody in the world would’ve guessed that he used to earn twice as much as our best player, Thierry Henry.
Campbell joined us in 2001 after promising Tottenham fans that he’d stay. He went on to play 211 games for us in all competitions and won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups to cement himself as an Arsenal legend.
It will be interesting to find out how much our other players earned back in the day. There’s sadly no accurate data available, but we’re sure it will come out one day, and we can’t wait to see the media compare those numbers to what Willian is on today.