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Mesut Ozil has refused to join Arsenal’s players in taking a 12.5 percent pay cut. Ozil, who is the club’s highest earner on £350,000-a-week, has made it clear he may be willing to do it in the future but wanted to see the full financial impact of the coronavirus and did not want to rush into a decision.

Mesut Ozil

It is understood that Ozil is one of three players in the first-team squad not to accept the pay cut. Mesut Ozil has made it clear he respects the other players and the group decision – but has urged them to respect his.

Ozil’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut declined to comment but recently said that players should not accept pay cuts

Sogut said earlier this month: “Deferral is an option but not to agree on a cut today when the clubs may still make the same profit as last year. What the exact financial impact is on the clubs, we can see three to six months later – but we can’t see it today.”

The Professional Footballers’ Association has also insisted Premier League clubs should only ask for deferrals.

The Gunners have become the first club to agree on cuts with their players after ten days of intensive talks which initially saw the squad refuse to take a reduction in wages. They will take a 12.5 percent drop for 12 months until March next year.

However, Arsenal will repay the money in full if they qualify for the Champions League either this season or the next and will also pay the players a £100,000 bonus. Any player who is sold for a profit will have their money refunded.

The club issued a statement which read: “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.”

Damilola Faustino

See Also: Premier League Release New Statement On Restart Proposals For The Season

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