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Rancour in Arsenal FC as players ‘attack club’ over making 55 staff redundant despite earlier pay cuts

- Arsenal had in April pleaded with their players to accept about 12.5 percent wage cut

- The club has announced that that about 55 of their non-playing staff will be allowed to go

- Players are upset that they initially accepted the wage cut to help save jobs

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Arsenal football club has been affected by the pandemic financially and players were pleaded with to accept pay cuts in April in order to save jobs of some of the staff at the Emirates.

Dailymail is reporting that players want to hold talks with the management as they feel betrayed as the club proposes to make 55 staff redundant.

On Wednesday, August 7, the club announced that a number of non-playing staff would be let go at the end of the month but players are having none of it as they claim they agreed to the 12.5 per cent pay cut in April to safeguard the economic future of the club.

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UK outlet The Athletic are reporting that many of the first team players are furious and disappointed they had thought the voluntary wage cut that they accepted was going to help save jobs.

Arsenal stars 'feel betrayed' and want talks with club' over making 55 redundant

Arsenal stars 'feel betrayed' over staff redundancies. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Recall that in April, some Arsenal players, including highest-earner Mesut Ozil on a £350,00-a-week contract, refused to take the pay cut due to a lack of assurances of where the money was going.

It was gathered that after their FA Cup glory, some players who accepted pay cut was offered some of the money back as it was part of their earlier agreements should they qualify for the Europa League.

One particular area at the north London club where the redundancies will affect job security is the scouting department, with Sportsmail exclusively revealing that head of international scouting Francis Cagigao is set to lose his job.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Arsenal are planning a mass exodus of about nine of his players in a bid to raise funds for the new arrivals.

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The Mail claims three of the nine first-team players who started their victory over Chelsea are also on the exit list. Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette tops the list of stars who could be on their way out of the Emirates Stadium if the club gets the right amount of money.

Arsenal will try to make an attempt to sell Mesut Ozil but a representative revealed his client will prefer to see out his £350,000-a-week contract at the club, despite having not featured at all post-lockdown.

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