Mesut Ozil explains why he refused to take pay cut at Arsenal amid job losses

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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has stated that he refused to accept a 12.5 per cent pay cut in the wake of coronavirus because he felt there was no proper consultation process.

Ozil was one of three Gunners players who snubbed the club's request to help preserve their finances in April, although the club did make significant savings on their £230m annual wage bill.

He says he wanted to contribute but felt rushed into making the decision without knowing where the money would be going instead of into his pocket.

“As players, we all wanted to contribute,” Ozil told The Athletic. “But we needed more information and many questions were unanswered.

“Everyone was fine with a deferral while there was so much uncertainty – I would have been OK to take a bigger share – and then a cut if required, once the football and financial outlook was clearer.

“But we were rushed into it without proper consultation. For anyone in this situation, you have a right to know everything, to understand why it is happening and where the money is going.

“But we didn’t get enough details, we just had to give a quick decision. It was far too quick for something so important and there was a lot of pressure.”

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The Gunners stars would have earned their money back had they qualified for the Champions League, but they finished eighth.

Arsenal have since made 55 members of staff redundant, facing criticism over the decision while Ozil still picks up £350,000-per-week in wages.

The former Real Madrid star saw no action after football's restart and complained that he had not been given a chance by boss Mikel Arteta.

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  • "I fully respect the coach’s decision but I believe these things should mainly be decided on the pitch," Ozil added.

    "After the restart, I wasn’t given a chance to show what I can do. You don’t play 10 games in a row if you’re unfit, not good enough or don’t behave well.

    "If I played these games badly and was then left out completely for that reason then I might understand, but this was not the case."

    • Champions League
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    • Mikel Arteta

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