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Mesut Ozil refuses to take 12.5% pay cut amidst coronavirus pandemic


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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has refused to join clubs players and staff in taking a 12.5% pay cut amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

It has been reported by multiple news outlet that the Gunners are struggling financially in after Premier League has been put on hold and it was mooted that players and staff would be forced to take a reduced wage.

It was confirmed on Monday night when Arsenal released an official statement confirming a 'voluntary agreement with first-team players, head coach and core coaching staff.'

The statement reads, "Reductions of total annual earnings by 12.5 per cent will come into effect this month, with the contractual paperwork being completed in the coming days".

"If we meet specific targets in the seasons ahead, primarily linked to success on the pitch, the club will repay agreed amounts.

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