Arsenal are still trying to convince their pay-cut rebels to agree a 12.5 per cent wage reduction.
At least three players are resisting the club’s efforts to impose the salary slash for 12 months, one of which is highest-earner Mesut Ozil – news exclusively revealed by Sportsmail on Monday night.
Nevertheless, Arsenal announced on Monday that they have reached ‘a voluntary agreement’ with their first-team players, head coach and coaching staff to cut salaries.
Arsenal are trying to convince their pay-cut rebels to agree a 12.5 per cent wage reduction
As it stands, the pay cut proposals remain on the table, while the lines of communication between the club and players remain open with Arsenal officials still optimistic that they can convince at least two of the three to accept the new terms.
At the end of last week there were at least seven players who had shown significant reluctance towards the 12.5 per cent proposal.
Those numbers have reduced significantly in recent days, allowing the club to make their announcement at the start of the week.
But they still have a difficult task of converting those who are still to agree, with persuading Ozil of particular importance given his £350,000-per-week wages.
Mesut Ozil is resisting Arsenal’s efforts to implement a squad-wide 12.5 per cent pay-cut
Manager Mikel Arteta stressed to his players the importance of making sacrifices last week
As we reported on Monday, Ozil is willing to take a pay-cut in the future but wants greater transparency with regards to why players are being asked to take 12.5 per cent permanent reduction over a period of 12 months, rather than deferrals.
He is open to accepting a deferral worth more than the 12.5 percent pay cut his team mates have taken – but wants further clarity to ensure he is making an informed decision amid concerns the process has been rushed.
The next step for Arsenal now is to draw up the necessary paperwork to ensure the proposed pay cut can be legally implemented.
While a verbal agreement has been reached with the vast majority of players, making the wage reductions legally binding will involve a process that will almost inevitably involve agents and lawyers, a scenario which could yet throw a spanner in the works.
Each player will be required to sign a document agreeing to the proposals.