Arsenal tell players they can avoid salary cuts by qualifying for Champions League

first_imgArsenal tell players they can avoid salary cuts by qualifying for Champions League Advertisement Mesut Ozil’s £350,000-a-week salary contributes to Arsenal’s annual £230m wage bill (Picture: Getty)The only way the north London club can return to Europe’s elite club competition is by finishing in the top four, although fifth place could yet offer them a route back into a competition they were part of for 20 consecutive years, should Manchester City’s ban be upheld by the Court of Arbitration for sport. After an upturn in fortunes, masterminded by new head coach Mikel Arteta, the Gunnes are currently just four points adrift of Manchester United in fifth place, having played a game less, and a further three points behind London rivals Chelsea. As well as struggling to meet their on-field objectives, Arsenal appear to be fighting an increasingly difficult battle to keep hold of skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has little over a year left on his current contract.The likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and United have all been credited with an interest in the 30-year-old and on Saturday the former Borussia Dortmund star was advised to leave Arsenal for a club with greater ambition.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalGabon’s FA president Pierre, Alain Mounguengui, told ESPN: ‘I don’t want to say that Arsenal aren’t ambitious, but Arsenal don’t have ambitions as high as some other clubs as far as Europe is concerned.‘So if Pierre could secure a contract with a more ambitious club, he’d definitely find his place there. ‘On an individual level, we all consider him to be among the best players in the world, but the advice I give to him is to continue to work and to attract the attention of the biggest clubs and the most ambitious clubs.’MORE: Juventus to battle Arsenal for £35m Real Madrid midfielder Dani CeballosMORE: Arsenal scouts urged Arsene Wenger to sign Juan Mata as Cesc Fabregas’ replacement A return to the Champions League could spare Arsenal’s star players from having to take a wage cut (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have told their players that securing Champions League qualification would see them avoid having to take wage cuts, as the north London club begins to assess the financial havoc caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.The Gunners were last in action just over a month ago when Alexandre Lacazette’s late goal secured a narrow win over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal, like all of their domestic and European rivals, have been in a state of limbo ever since and starved of the match day revenue which plays a significant role in covering their annual £230million wage bill. AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal tentatively opened talks with their players over the idea of wage cut earlier this week, but their proposal far from met with universal approval. ADVERTISEMENTArsenal haven’t qualified for the Champions League since 2016 and have spent the last three seasons in the Europa League, a competition they were knocked out of last month by Olympiacos. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 11 Apr 2020 8:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Advertisementlast_img

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