Mesut Ozil has once again made the headlines for the wrong reasons as the midfielder has made a firm demand regarding a pay-cut from Arsenal
Former Real Madrid midfielder, Mesut Ozil, is one of the best-attacking midfielders in the world when on form, however, that has not been the case lately as the German midfielder is often left out from the squad or is warming the bench.
Despite the lack of appearances and contribution to the first-team, Mesut Ozil is the Gunners highest-paid player as the number ten makes 350,000 pounds per week at the Emirates Stadium. However, as the club faces a severe economic crisis, the players of Arsenal have no other option but to receive a cut in their salaries.
ESPN reports that the board of Arsenal had agreed to offer the players and Mikel Arteta along with his coaching staff a 12.5% cut in their salary for a year. However, the players would be paid their salary in full if they secure a Champions League spot next season, nonetheless, Mesut Ozil has been one of the few players who has raised a question over the wage cut.
The former Germany international midfielder has demanded the club to provide him with a proper reason as to how the remaining of his salary would be used. Meanwhile, the North London side has already sacked 50 members from their staff team as the club attempts to cope with the financial crisis.
Hector Bellerin has been the most proactive player from Arteta’s squad as the Spaniard has opted to be the players representative for the wage cut issue. Other rumours claim that the youngsters at the club have not taken the pay cut on a light note as they feel obligated to accept the new terms.
Arsenal has managed to scrape a spot into the 2020/21 Europa League after defeating Chelsea in the final of the FA Cup. Mikel Arteta remains optimistic for the upcoming season, however, the financial constraint could be a demotivating factor for the players
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