Mesut Ozil rejects pay cut to £350,000-a-week deal at Arsenal

Ozil has gone against most of his Arsenal team-mates…

Mesut Ozil is reportedly one of just three Arsenal players to reject a 12.5% pay cut at the Emirates Stadium.

The Daily Mirror claim Ozil has controversially turned down this option, despite most of the squad accepting the cut amid the coronavirus crisis that is likely to affect all football clubs financially.

This is also despite Ozil being Arsenal’s highest earner, taking home a whopping £350,000 a week, according to Spotrac.

The Mirror quote Ozil’s agent as previously suggesting players shouldn’t accept pay cuts, and there is perhaps an argument that, as much as footballers earn, there are wealthier figures at the club who could contribute during these difficult times, such as our largely absent owner Stan Kroenke.

Still, it’s unclear why the German playmaker couldn’t accept a small cut to his huge wages when others who earn less were willing to do so, and it perhaps doesn’t reflect too well on the 31-year-old.

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  1. Apangu iddi amin says:

    This is why i was saying Orzil doesn’t have Arsenal at his heart thats why his actions are just to punish Arsenal and make sure the club made loses over loses even after knowing that he no longer play like he used to do.

  2. Sue says:

    Apparently there are 3.. so who are the other 2?? Although, is this for real?? Or just more click bait/media codswallop? With all the charity work he does, I’d be stunned if this was true.
    I also read that he was open to accepting a deferral worth more than the 12.5% pay cut the others have taken….. oh who knows…

    1. Igot350k4scoring1goalandyou? says:

      This is provocative journalism.Although I am his critic for his performances on the field, but naming only him is not correct.All three players should be named and shamed if the report is true.

      1. Sue says:

        👍👍 Exactly!!! Nice one…

      2. SueP says:

        Was he actually named or is it guesswork from what his agent said previously?

    2. GB says:

      The official club statement contradicts the Mirror story and I know which story I currently believe.
      Arsenal as a club have class, the Mirror and the word class are not compatible.

      1. Sue says:

        Nice one, GB 👍

  3. kibali says:

    Any player who declined the structured paycut should not be part of the team one way or the other. Since it is contingent on qualification to the champions league it means they are not ready to put in an effort to get us to the champions league or Europa league. If a buyer can’t be found they should be frozen out immediately. Contracts should contain clauses Force Majeure or acts of God/nature that prevents fulfilling the contractual agreement and Covid 19 should fall under such and hence lead to termination of some contracts

  4. stevo says:

    Interesting that the latest report quotes Arsenal wanting to extend Ozil’s contract by 3 seasons.

    1. SueP says:

      I hope that is just a bad joke Stevo

  5. Tommogun58 says:

    Ozil does plenty for charities,it will be difficult for him when the the fans return if this is true,I have a suspicion that this is a load of media bull.

    1. Sue says:

      👍 me too, Tommogun58

  6. Hatchy says:

    If this is true, what is so hard about naming the other 2 aswell, until the other 2 get named aswell I don’t think I’m willing to believe it. We all know he does a heap of charity work & he is one of few players who love getting critisized to know end with the media.

  7. ThirdManJW says:

    Wow! If that is true, then Ozil has now become indefensible, even to his fanboys. I was already thinking that 12.5% isn’t a big amount at all for the big earners, but apparently it is for some! I really want to know who the other two are because that is a disgrace!

    If true, then Ozil has finally proved all his critics right. He doesn’t care at all about the club, and Arsenal fans.

    1. SueP says:

      I’m willing to criticise him in the pitch but it is a cheap shot to name and shame without knowing the facts. As everyone says he does a lot for charity

      1. ThirdManJW says:

        That’s fair enough, but would you be happy with Arsenal going under, just so these players could give a little extra to charity? They can easily afford a 12.5% cut, or a lot more, and still give loads to charity. I know people on minimum wage who give money to the needy.

        Obviously Arsenal won’t go under, but any cuts will help the club during this difficult time, but some players (if true) clearly don’t want to help the club. The knock on effect will be those on small wages from within the club working in the restaurants, bars, club shop, etc that could now lose their jobs.

  8. Roachie says:

    Newspapers making claims like this are designed to get reactions and sell papers. Ozil is a prime target due to his wages and how he splits the Arsenal fan base. I’m not an Ozil fan but none of us really know all the facts. He does a lot for charity. I won’t judge him without knowing the full story.

  9. Eddie says:

    So how stupid is it that people believe this or want this to be true just because of their dislike for him?.Ignoring the fact that the club already released a statement yesterday on that they’ve come to an agreement with the players and coaches for the pay cuts.

    It’s not surprising to me though, whatever goes wrong at the club, y’all blame Mesut Ozil and use him as the scape goat

    1. Sue says:

      Nice one, Eddie 👍

  10. Top Gunner says:

    For Arsenal to give its players 87.5% during this global pandemic is highly appreciated. Those players who refuse to take pay cuts should be given free transfer at the of season. They don’t have club interest at heart. They only there to serve their own interests. With the squad that the team has, they wouldn’t be struggling to qualify for Europa league. Shame on those players

  11. Reggie says:

    Total disgrace of a once great club, i dont see any of the players of the 60s 70s 80s or 90s being like this lot. Totally disconnected from the club and the world.

  12. chukzenith says:

    Ozil, should calm, and keep his head up, and do the works he knows best how to do..

    Win matches for Arsenal, while the club has made a report not excluding anybody, not even coaches and staffs..

    So who is making another report…
    Lies lies lies

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