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Arsenal announce 12.5% pay cuts for players, coaching staff

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Published on April 20, 2020 - Duration: 01:47s

Arsenal announce 12.5% pay cuts for players, coaching staff

Statement makes Arsenal the first club in the Premier League to announce such a measure.

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Arsenal announce 12.5% pay cuts for players, coaching staff

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - MARCH 13, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

ARSENAL BADGE 2.

VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF ARSENAL'S EMIRATES STADIUM LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - DECEMBER 20, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3.

MIKEL ARTETA WALKING OUT ONTO THE EMIRATES STADIUM PITCH FOR HIS PRESENTATION AS ARSENAL MANAGER 4.

ARTETA HOLDING ARSENAL SHIRT LONDON COLNEY, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - FEBRUARY 26, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 5.

ARTETA WALKING OUT FOR TRAINING 6.

ARTETA WALKING PAST PLAYERS WARMING UP 7.

PLAYERS WALKING OUT FOR TRAINING / TRAINING IN PROGRESS 8.

TRAINING IN PROGRESS STORY: Arsenal's players and coaching staff have agreed a 12.5% salary cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making the London-based club the first in the Premier League to announce such a measure.

Several Premier League clubs have furloughed employees since the new coronavirus outbreak while others, such as

Class="kln">West Ham United and Southampton, have said their players have accepted wage deferrals.

League leaders

Class="kln">Liverpool,

Class="kln">Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth reversed decisions to furlough non-playing staff following criticism.

"We are pleased to announce that we have reached a voluntary agreement with our first-team players, head coach and core coaching staff to help support the club at this critical time," Arsenal said in a statement on Monday (April 20).

"Reductions of total annual earnings by 12.5% will come into effect this month, with the contractual paperwork being completed in the coming days." Arsenal added that "agreed amounts" would be repaid if specific targets primarily linked to success on the pitch were met in the seasons ahead.

The club said the agreement with players was based on the assumption of the 2019/20 season being completed and the club receiving its full share of broadcasting revenues.

"The resulting savings will help cover some of the financial risks we have this season in relation to our matchday and commercial income," the club added.

Arsenal were ninth in the league table, eight points adrift of fourth place which guarantees qualification to the lucrative Champions League, when soccer in England was suspended indefinitely last month due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

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