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Arsenal in ‘productive’ talks with players over wages amid coronavirus crisis

Staff 'will be protected' during 'one of the most challenging periods in the club’s 134-year history', as Gunners' executive team also waive part of their salaries

15 April, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

ARSENAL have insisted that they are “fully focused” on protecting their employees during the coronavirus crisis.

The club reiterated that there are no plans to furlough staff, who will continue to receive their full salaries.

Arsenal’s executive team have, however, “volunteered to waive more than a third” of their pay for the next 12 months as the the Gunners tackle “one of the most challenging periods in the club’s near 134-year history”.

A statement released today (Wednesday) read: “We have made it clear to our employees that we are not considering redundancies, and we are fully focused on protecting their well-being, jobs and salaries.

“All our employees are receiving their full salaries and we plan to continue this. We are not currently intending to use the government’s furlough scheme.”

Gunners fans will receive credits or refunds if matches are played behind closed doors or are cancelled entirely, while casual workers will be paid for the remaining four home matches, and again should the games be rearranged.

Arsenal also confirmed that talks remain ongoing with its players over wages and how they can “support their club in an appropriate way” during the pandemic.

Players have come under increasing pressure to accept pay cuts or deferrals during the suspension of the season, although the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has not agreed to a 30 per cent wage cut proposed by the Premier League.

Reflecting on “productive and ongoing conversations” with their players, the Arsenal statement added: “Over the past 10 days we have been in discussions with them around the potential financial challenges ahead, and how we are planning for those now.

“We have not and will not make any comment on this matter until these private discussions have concluded.

“The potential financial impact is significant so we must be responsible and act now to best protect Arsenal from what might happen in the months ahead.”

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