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Saturday, December 1, 2012
Arsenal players face wage cut if they miss out on Champions League qualification
Arsenal players will be forced into taking significant wage cuts if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
The club are currently attempting to tie down a clutch of their core players to long-term contracts.
But Sportsmail can reveal those new deals will include Champions League failure clauses that will essentially result in players taking home less money if they fail to make Europe’s elite competition.
Players who are in talks over new deals include Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Bacary Sagna.
The decision from the Gunners hierarchy has been made to protect the club financially should they miss out on the cash windfall linked to Champions League qualification. The clauses stipulate a player will not receive full bonuses if they miss out on the top four.
The move provides a clear indication that substantial concerns are emerging from within Arsenal, who have been Champions League mainstays during the modern era, that they may miss out this season.
While the club view the decision as making business sense, the move is likely to frustrate fans who have seen their best players walk away over the past two seasons.
An Arsenal spokesman said on Thursday night: ‘Each player has an individual contract which contains elements of performance-related payments, which are linked to a player’s individual contribution and also to the club’s progress in both domestic and European competitions. This is normal practice across football clubs.’