Despite strong efforts to ease the financial consequences of the still ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Arsenal have revealed they’ve proposed 55 redundancies.
“Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can. Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies.
“We do not make these proposals lightly and have looked at every aspect of the club and our expenditure before reaching this point. We are now entering the required 30-day consultation period on these proposals.”
This decision seems to have come upon a public voice of condemnation, with some pointing to Mesut Ozil and his 350,000-per-week contract with next to no contribution on the pitch this season, while others blame the club owners for this pass. It remains to be seen what effect this will have on Arsenal’s activities in the transfer market this summer, though it’s not expected to stop the club from signing Willian from Chelsea on a free transfer.
According to The Athletic, the players are just as puzzled and unhappy with the club’s choice to put 55 people out of work, and they intend to speak to the hierarchy, who believe the step was necessary to ensure being in the ‘best possible position’ to cope with the crisis, about it. When the players agreed to take a 12.5% pay cut back in April, they were made to believe that their sacrifice would ensure no non-playing staff would be losing their jobs. It has obviously turned out different than that and the players are now likely to feel betrayed.
The controversial decision was made known to most of the staff affected by an online conference, while some received personal phone calls. Head coach Mikel Arteta and his players were told separately.
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