Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis earned a staggering £2.1 million last year.The Sun says it is one of the highest sums ever paid to an English football executive.

While the Arsenal failed to win a trophy for the seventh season in a row, the Gunners' chief executive saw his pay package swell by 24 per cent to £2.15m in 2011-12.

Of that huge total, £1.366m was basic salary with a bonus of £675,000, benefits of £9,000 and pension contributions of £100,000.

Most clubs are yet to file accounts for last season but in 2010-11 Chelsea paid £2.155m to ALL their directors.

The highest paid - believed to be chief exec Ron Gourlay - received 'only' £917,000.

Manchester United's highest paid director in 2010-11, chief executive David Gill, enjoyed a package of £2.067m.

The only Premier League executive who earned more in 2010-11 than Gazidis did last season was Manchester City's Garry Cook, who trousered £2.204m.