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Arsenal announces pre-tax profit of 46 million euros for 2011-12

The north London club released promising financial figures on Thursday, but saw its wage bill rise considerably following summer spending in the transfer window last year

Arsenal has announced a pre-tax profit of 46 million euros on turnover of 306 million euros for 2011-12.

The club also confirmed player trading profit of 33 million euros following the sale of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to Barcelona and Manchester City respectively.

After a summer that saw the arrival of Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Yossi Benayoun, Gervinho, Park Chu-Young, Andre Santos and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the north Londoners have also seen their wage bill jump from 157 million euros to 181 million, leaving only City, Chelsea and Manchester United ahead of them.

Arsene Wenger spoke about the club's financial position - something he has kept a keen interest in during his time at the club.

He told reporters: "We want to spend our money in the right way. We are not scared to spend the money.

"With some clubs we can't compete on certain players - and for the rest, we only want to bring in players who add something to our squad and give a chance as well to the young players we have.

"We have good players, because to buy one more, we have to get one out.

Reflecting on the expected announcement, he added: "Our numbers are good. Under the actual circumstances this is quite positive because the whole [global] environment is not positive.

"We are very lucky because we have a good support and the income of our gates is very high.

"We have to maintain that by keeping our fans happy and to continue to manage well in the way that we do it."

The overall turnover figure of 306 million euros is down on 2010-11's 322 million on account of a reduction in property activity. The figure is split between 120 million in matchday income, 107 million for broadcasting payments, 66 million for commercial projects and retail, 9.6 million on property and 3.7 million on player trading.

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