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Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal’s players knew the score over taking pay cuts

‘We believe it was the right thing to do’: Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal players knew the score over taking pay cuts during the COVID-19 crisis despite Mesut Ozil claiming the squad were ‘rushed’ into a decision

  • Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal’s players were well informed over taking pay cuts 
  • The majority of the squad agreed to a 10 per cent cut during the COVID-19 crisis 
  • Mesut Ozil refused and claimed that the players were rushed into their decisions 
  • But manager Arteta insists all of his Gunners stars were ‘happy to contribute’

Mikel Arteta insists that Arsenal players were well informed of the need to take pay cuts during the height of the Covid crisis, despite Mesut Ozil’s claim that they were rushed into it.

The majority of them agreed a 10 per cent cut but their German £350,000-a-week midfielder refused. The club then announced 55 redundancies.

Earlier this month, Ozil explained his decision by saying: ‘We needed more information and many questions were unanswered. Everyone was fine with a deferral while there was so much uncertainty… and then a cut…