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Arsenal’s first-team players face a 25 percent pay cut if the club is relegated to the Championship, according to the Daily mail.
The Gunners currently spend over £ 150 million each year on player salaries. If they were relegated from the Premier League, the salary bill would drop by £ 37.5 million.
The practice of including clauses in players’ contracts to safeguard the interests of clubs in the event of relegation is a common practice in smaller clubs that generally face a realistic threat of failure. It is noteworthy that the North London side, the third most successful club in English football and part of the traditional Big Six, has planned for the possibility of relegation by including pay cut clauses in their players’ contracts.
It is unclear if all playing staff will see their salaries reduced if Arsenal were to find themselves in the Championship next season, but it is understood that there are several players who will receive 75 percent of their current salaries if that happens.
The north London club is currently ranked 15th in the Premier League. They are four points above the relegation zone after scoring just 14 points in 14 games. Mikel Arteta’s team is struggling to find the back of the net and has scored just 12 goals this season. In the last seven Premier League games, the Gunners drew two and lost five.
Recent performances have been abject and it is unclear where his next win will come from. While a lot has been said about Arsenal’s involvement in a relegation fight, it would be absolutely unacceptable to find the club in a real fight for survival for the remainder of the season. Arteta has to get a tune out of her squad ASAP to get them up on the table and end the discussion about the club’s downfall.
The Gunners need to back their coach in next month’s transfer window and sign the creative midfielder they clearly need. They have been linked with Christian Eriksen from Inter Milan, Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City and Houssem Aouar from Lyon.
Arsenal will now turn their attention to the Carabao Cup. Mikel Arteta expects his team to beat Manchester City today at the Emirates Stadium and reserve their place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.