Arsenal plan to make 55 staff redundant because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
This is despite the Gunners’ first-team players and head coach Mikel Arteta agreeing to a 12.5% pay cut in April.
Arsenal’s executive team also agreed to waive more than a third of their salaries over the next 12 months.
The decision has angered fans of the club who are now questioning why the club is paying players so much money while sending away staff.
Here are some of their tweets.
Arsenal firing 55 staff when we're owned by a multi-billionaire, have just made £££ by winning the FA Cup & qualifying for Europe, & pay Mesut Ozil £350k-a-week to sit on his arse, is morally indefensible & not what I expect from a club with our heritage. Shameful decision. pic.twitter.com/ml3ixSyq97
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 6, 2020
Arsenal players not happy with 55 staff being made redundant. They agreed 12.5% wage cut in April after receiving assurance nobody would lose jobs. Yesterday’s news left squad angry & they plan to raise it with #AFC bosses. With @gunnerblog @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/OWotcinKhh
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 6, 2020
😡 “You cannot defend it… morally it’s a big own goal.”
🤷♂️ “How is it right to offer somebody another £100k-a-week & somebody on £200-a-week gets the sack?”
Ally McCoist blasts #Arsenal for making 55 staff redundant while offering players huge contracts.
Agree with Ally? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/8RffOewsXo
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 6, 2020
Arsenal laying off 55 staff. If we assume they're all on avge wage of 28k per year (they won't be) that's saving £1.54 m and that's about a month's wages for Ozil. 55 people getting laid off to pay for a month's wages for one player. What a happy world football is.
— John Nicholson (@JohnnyTheNic) August 5, 2020