The Arsenal players did it. The first group to agree to a pay cut in the whole of the Premier League.
Bravo guys. Bravo.
Arsenal, always a leader when it comes to doing the right thing. This case has been particularly weird, but I’m glad we’ve been bold and gone first.
We’re looking after the workers. We’re helping in the community. The players are stepping up when the club needs them the most.
Special shoutouts to Mikel Arteta and Hector Bellerin.
If you’re still wondering whether Mikel is the real deal, I would hope this moment in time has eroded some of the doubt. These times are not normal, some managers would hide, not Mikel. He took over a very testy moment for the squad and convinced them to take the pay cut. That’s proper leadership, apparently he led with a big cut of his own. What this says is the players trust him more than leadership, which is not bad going for a 38 year old people feared was shrinking violet.
Second bucket of praise goes to Hector Bellerin. When he’s not baking vegan trousers for NYFW, he’s making BIG decisions with the players. I think we all knew he’d want to do the right thing, the guy is a modern inspiration to everyone, he’s basically who Jesus would be if he were a right back. The thing I love about his work here is that he went AGAINST PFA advice by accepting deduction in pay. Fuck Gordon Taylor and his self-serving ways. Premier League players are different, the expectations and the money involved are not the same as lower league players, the right thing to do to keep fans on side was to reduce the money.
I’m glad he showed leadership where so many other players haven’t. We’re the first, but we will not be the last. Already there is news that Liverpool players are going through the same process.
Finally, I want to say a big thanks to the players. Taking a cut would not have been easy, especially for the younger guys, so it’s noble that the did it and they did it first.
So what was the deal?
- Qualify for the Champions League this year and you get your money back.
- Qualify for Europa and you get some of your money back.
- Qualify for next years Champions League and you get your money back and a £100k bonus.
- Win the Champions League get £500k each.
Players that are sold will also be entitled to a rebate, but that cost will probably be passed on through the transfer fee.
So all in all, a good day for Arsenal football club.
On the Premier League season, the big 6 clubs have said that they will not impose a June 30th deadline on the season. It’ll end when it ends and that’s all that matters.
Good on them. I agree. Let’s get it done when the time is right. I’m hoping for an epic 90 games in 30 days summer extravaganza. There’d be no better time to be working from home. 3 games a day. Magic.
I’ll leave you with a pic of Podolski looking great in a really nice Arsenal shirt. I love that shirt. My dad did a JVC advert of Paul Merson in it. The player signed the shirt out of a shit hole pub in Hornchurch. What a ledge. I had it as a poster on my wall. Also, Lukas has nice skin for his age, I wonder what his regime is?
Let me know in the comments, yeah?