Arsenal players unhappy with Mesut Ozil being vilified over pay-cut decision

Mesut Ozil has reported refused to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut at Arsenal
Mesut Ozil has reported refused to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut at Arsenal (Getty Images)

Arsenal’s players are unhappy with Mesut Ozil being vilified after he refused to take a pay cut, according to reports.

The midfielder was reportedly one of three players to refuse the club’s request to take a 12-month pay cut of 12.5 per cent.

Reports have claimed that Ozil is willing to take an even bigger pay cut than his teammates once Arsenal give him assurances about how the money will be used.

But following the decision, Ozil was widely criticised with several high-profile figures including Piers Morgan and Jamie Carragher, who described the move as a ‘massive own goal’.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Morgan, who supporters Arsenal, says he was ‘sickened’ by Ozil’s decision.

According to The Sun, Arsenal’s players are unhappy with the treatment Ozil has received since the announcement.

The report also claims that some Arsenal players felt ‘pressured’ into taking a pay cut and the decision was only made after Mikel Arteta intervened.

Ozil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, has also said it is unfair of clubs to ask managers or senior first-team players to be involved in pay-cut negotiations.

‘It is not enough for a club to present a proposal to one member of the first team squad and then asked them to go to the rest of the squad and get their consent to do it. That is not how individual contract negotiations should take place,’ Sogut told The Athletic.

‘A club may even ask a first team manager to negotiate with players and this may influence some, particularly younger players or those on the fringe who fear there might be personal repercussions for him if he does not agree.

‘In those circumstances it could be questionable that any consent from the players would be legally binding anyway as some players are not in a position to give true consent if they are under pressure to do so.’

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