Ozil predictably singled out as Arsenal players agree to wage cut.
The saga of whether Arsenal’s players would agree to a salary cut has been rumbling on for what feels like almost as long as this whole crisis. We’re not entirely sure why there has been so much focus on Arsenal, rather than players from another club or indeed players in general: perhaps it’s because they’re the first, but a consequence of that is, as negotiations continue, it’s been increasingly easy to single out those players who apparently aren’t instantly happy to hand over huge wedges of their own cash.
We are pleased to announce that we have reached a voluntary agreement with our first-team players, head coach and core coaching staff to help support the club at this critical time.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 20, 2020
The saga of whether Arsenal’s players would agree to a salary cut has been rumbling on for what feels like almost as long as this whole crisis.
One interesting element to this is that there are rumored to be three players who haven’t agreed to the cut, and the name that has been leaked is Mesut Ozil. Interestingly, the identity of the other two players is a mystery. Now, of course, as the club’s highest earner and probably most high-profile player, it’s inevitable that him not making the cut will be reported, but it’s depressingly predictable that Ozil has been singled out – by whoever has leaked that name – while the other two nobody seems to care about. It’s a familiar tale.
Reductions of total earnings by 12.5% will come into effect this month, with the contractual paperwork being completed in the coming days. If we meet specific targets in the seasons ahead, primarily linked to success on the pitch, the club will repay agreed amounts. We will be able to make those repayments as hitting these targets, which the players can directly influence, will mean our financial position will be stronger