Mesut Ozil tops Arsenal highest earners' list after squad accepted pay cut

Mesut Ozil tops Arsenal highest earners' list after squad accepted pay cut

- Mesut Ozil is part of three Arsenal players understood to have opposed pay cut

- Arsenal recently confirmed they were the first Premier League club to agree wage cuts with their squad

- The club reached the drastic decision due to an imminent financial crisis aroused by the outbreak of coronavirus

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil remains the club's highest paid player with the midfielder well on course to rake in more than £300,000-a-week after squad members accepting 12.5% pay cut.

Ozil, who is currently on a £350k-per-week wages, rejected the Gunners' proposal to have salaries slashed due to a financial crisis occasioned by the outbreak of coronavirus.

The German star was listed among two other players who were opposed to the decision, with move causing uproar from fans.

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The 31-year-old is understood to be willing to have his wages reduced only after the financial impact of the pandemic becomes clearer.

Should the World Cup-winning star make a U-turn on his decision and agree to a pay cut, he will still be earning a massive £306,250-a-week.

The staggering amount sets him far apart from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is now set to pocket £175k-a-week as Arsenal's second highest earner.

His strike partner Alexander Lacazette ranks third on a £159k-a-week wages.

Here are the top 10 highest earners at Arsenal after the 12.5% wage cut:

1. Mesut Ozil - £306,250

2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - £175,000

3. Alexander Lacazette - £159, 250

4. Nicolas Pepe - £122,500

5. David Luiz - £109,964

6. Hector Bellerin - £96,250

7. Sead Kolasinac - £87,500

8. Bernd Leno - £87,500

9. Granit Xhaka - £87,500

10. Sokratis - £80,500

Earlier, reported that Robin van Persie has detailed his tumultuous sunset years at Man United that saw him leave the club unceremoniously in 2015.

Van Persie made a sensational and rather controversial switch to rivals United from Arsenal in the summer of 2012.

He went on to play an integral part in United's 20th Premier League title triumph the following season and Ferguson's last at the helm, scoring 26 goals to win the Golden Boot.

The bright start to life at the Manchester club could, however, not last long enough, with the exit of Ferguson ushering a difficult spell for Van Persie.

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