Arsenal are in a very tight corner as far as the 2020-2021 Premier League season is concerned and if things continue the way they are, the club might be relegated at the end of the season.
If that should happen, it is not the club’s manager alone that would suffer the brunt that comes with being relegated, the players will also share in the consequences.
The current coach of the club, Mikel Arteta, might not be in charge for the entire 38 league games for this season if the poor run continues, and any coach that replace him before then, might not be retained when the worse happens.
As for the players who are at the forefront of executing the games on the field, they will be bounded by contract to accept a 25 percent pay cut off their weekly wages once the club is relegated.
This kind of clause is common on contracts of players who are playing in smaller clubs in the Premier League. The clause aimed at helping the clubs financially when their revenue dropped as a result of going down to the Championship.
Arsenal reportedly inserted such a clause on the contract of their players but it has not been confirmed whether such a clause exists on all the contracts of the players at the club.
Arsenal reportedly spend a whopping £150 million per-season on wages and players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£350,000-per-week), Mesut Ozil (£350,000-per-week), Willian (£220,000-per-week), and Alexandre Lacazette (£220,000-per-week), take the chunk of the budget.
They are not just the best-paid players at Arsenal, they are among the best-paid players in the Premier League and if they go down with Arsenal into relegation, their wages would have to receive a 25 percent reduction.
But a player like Mesut Ozil who has not been playing any significant role at the club this season despite earning £350,000-per-week is not likely to be at the club if the club is relegated as his contract with Arsenal will expire in June 2021.
It is important to note that Arsenal have not been condemned to being relegated as there are still 24 league games to play this season. However, as things stand, Arsenal are looking like a team that will go down because they are just 4 points away from the relegation zone.
Things have been so bad for Arsenal that the club has recorded 8 defeats and 2 draws in 14 league games which placed the club in the 15th spot on the league table. To crown it up, in the club’s last 8 Premier League games, the club has only managed to draw two and suffered 6 defeats.
So, if this kind of result continues to be the outcome of the club’s subsequent league matches, Arsenal would have lost so many points that it might be almost impossible to pick themselves up from the relegation zone once the drop comes.
Back to work.— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 21, 2020
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