Arsenal stars claw back £12m in wages following FA Cup heroics

Arsenal stars claw back £12m in wages following FA Cup heroics over Chelsea as they qualify for the Europa League… after Mikel Arteta’s squad initially agreed 12.5 per cent pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic

  • Arsenal lifted their 14th FA Cup on Saturday after beating London rivals Chelsea
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strikes secured the win for Arsenal at Wembley 
  • The striker’s heroics have also ensured Arsenal stars are in for a wage boost
  • The squad had initially agreed a 12.5 per cent wage cut amid coronavirus crisis 

Arsenal’s FA Cup heroics against Chelsea have ensured that the club’s players have scooped back £12million in wages.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice for the Gunners over their London rivals as Arsenal came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, and lift their 14th FA Cup. 

And the Gabon star’s strikes have gone a long way in boosting the players’ wages. The Arsenal squad had initially agreed to take a 12.5 per cent wage cut in April to assist the club during the coronavirus pandemic.

Arsenal lifted their 14th FA Cup on Saturday after coming from a goal behind to beat Chelsea

Arsenal players were set to get their losses back if they qualified for next season’s Champions League – plus a £100,000 bonus, but that failed to materialise after a horrid Premier League campaign.

The 12.5 per cent pay cut was set to be in place for an entire year from April 2020 to March 2021, but after winning the FA Cup, the percentage has been reduced to 7.5 per cent following qualification to the Europa League.

This means the Gunners will now claw back £18m on their annual £240m wage bill rather than £30m that was originally envisaged. 

Mikel Arteta secured his first silverware in management following the 2-1 victory at Wembley

That will also be offset by Mikel Arteta’s side earning £25m from Europa League qualification and a further £3.6m in prize money following yet another FA Cup triumph over the weekend.

It had been an extremely turbulent campaign for the Emirates outfit following a lowly eighth-placed finish in the English top-flight, which saw the sacking of Unai Emery last year.

But Arsenal salvaged a nightmare season by winning the FA Cup and now Arteta will be desperate to kick on and rejuvenate his squad. 

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