Coronavirus: Arsenal tell players to qualify for Champions League and avoid wage cuts

Coronavirus: Arsenal tell players to qualify for Champions League and avoid wage cuts

- Coronavirus pandemic has forced league across the world to go on suspension

- The economic effect is also making teams and players agree on terms of payment this period

- Arsenal have now assured that if they qualify for Champions League that they will get their full salaries regardless of COVID-19 effects

Arsenal have reportedly informed their players the only way they can avoid pay cut during this coronavirus pandemic will be to qualify for Champions League next season.

The Gunners are currently ninth on the table with 40 points - eight behind fourth-place team Chelsea with one match in hand.

With Manchester City suspended for two seasons, this task should not be a hard one for the Emirates Stadium outfit.

However, COVID-19 has forced many teams to urge their players to take a pay cut in a bid to shoulder their other activities.

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But nothing of such has been heard about the north Londoners and they could go on to maintain their salaries and wages if they achieve the condition attached to the promise.

Barcelona, Real Madrid, and a few other clubs have reached an agreement with their players to slash their wages in a bid to salvage the situation.

The Premier League, alongside other topflights across the world, have been on suspension since last month due to the deadly virus.

No fewer than 9,875 have died in the UK while 78,991 cases of the infection have been recorded since it broke out in December.

Daily Mail reports that Premier League clubs are at loggerhead with their players over wage cuts, with the Professional Footballers' Association urging the stars not to accept proposed cuts.

The PFA has suggested that players should only take wage deferrals and a number of clubs have agreed to such deferrals including West Ham and Southampton.

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Arsenal are believed to be paying about £230 million a year on players' wages and the and Josh Kroenke, the son of owner Stan believes it is 'a Champions League wage bill on a Europa League budget'.

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The Gunners lost about £27.1 million in February, and with 25 percent of the club's revenue coming via matchday income, the suspension of football in England is expected to have a huge financial impact on the club.

Meanwhile, it is yet to be known when the league will resume as the world continues to search for a vaccine for the infection.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has recounted sharing the same dormitory with certain Nigerian youngster at Barcelona Haruna Babangida academy years back.

The Spanish-born tactician labeled his former La Masia teammate the best in the world but the winger failed to reach the summit of his career.

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Babangida got his youth career started at Shooting Stars in Ibadan shortly after he journey into Europe 1995 and represented Ajax for two seasons.

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