ARSENAL players feel they have been heavily armed to accept a drop in club pay.
And some are unhappy with the way Mesut Ozil has been defamed for refusing to accept the offer.
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Agent Erkut Sogut voiced concerns when he said, “A club could ask a manager to negotiate with players who fear it will have repercussions if they do not agree.
“In these circumstances, it may be questionable whether any consent is legally binding.”
The majority of the team initially rejected Arsenal’s request to give up 12.5% of their annual salary to help the club get through the coronavirus shutdown.
And it was only when manager Mikel Arteta intervened personally that they reluctantly gave the green light to the plan.
However, the voluntary contractual modifications have not yet been approved by all the players and the representatives concerned are now questioning the legality of the process.
Some agents suspect that they were deliberately sidelined by Arteta leaning on young players who do not have the courage to refuse a direct request from their boss.
Arteta revealed the club’s financial situation in a group discussion with the entire team last Wednesday and spoke with individual players later in the week.
This led to 24 of the 27 team members accepting the pay cut, which will be refunded if the team qualifies for the Champions League or reduced to 7.5% if it enters the Europa League.
Ozil, the club’s highest-paid player at £ 350,000 a week, can still contemplate a cut in salary if the club can prove that it is facing serious financial difficulties despite sitting on cash reserves of 167 million books.
The German star suffered a major backlash.
Gunner fan Piers Morgan said, “Shame on you Mesut Ozil. Ashamed but not surprisingly of some who received £ 350,000 a week for doing nothing.
“Some of the young players with a lot less money benefit from a 12.5% drop in salary, but he does not want to do it because he wants to see how the financial situation is going while he is sitting on behind rather than playing football. . “