Telegraph has confirmed that Arsenal’s players have been informed that they can avoid wage reductions if they manage to qualify for next season’s Champions League:
Arsenal have proposed to their players that they will not have to take a pay-cut for losses incurred by the club during the coronavirus crisis should they qualify for the Champions League – if and when the current Premier League season resumes.
When the Premier League was suspended, Arsenal were 9th in the table on 40 points. If Manchester City’s Champions League ban is upheld, finishing 5th in the Premier League would grant entry into next season’s Champions League.
Man United are 5th in the division, five points ahead of the Gunners.
Tottenham, Sheffield United and Wolves are also above Arsenal in the standings.
Of course, Arsenal could theoretically finish 5th, provided the Premier League season is played to completion.
Telegraph reported the following reaction from some of Arsenal’s players to the proposal: The proposal is believed to have been a non-starter with many of the squad who currently sit five points and four places off Manchester United in fifth.