Arse­nal stars face los­ing mega bonuses

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Arse­nal play­ers will lose bonuses worth mil­lions if they fail to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League for the first time since 1997.

Arsene Wenger’s side are fifth, five points be­hind Liver­pool in fourth, with two games in hand.

It is also un­der­stood some play­ers could be forced to ac­cept pay cuts if Arse­nal miss out on Europe’s elite club com­pe­ti­tion.

In con­trast, when Chelsea missed out on Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball last sea­son, their stars’ salaries stayed the same. They pre­fer to re­ward play­ers for win­ning tro­phies rather than qual­i­fy­ing for Europe.

Miss­ing out on the Cham­pi­ons League can cost a club mil­lions. Last sea­son Arse­nal re­ceived £46.7 mil­lion (RM256 mil­lion) from UEFA for reach­ing the round of 16.

Liver­pool re­ceived £33.1 mil­lion for reach­ing the Europa League fi­nal, where they lost to Sevilla. Tot­ten­ham, who were also in the Europa League, re­ceived £18.3 mil­lion.

This sea­son Arse­nal were crushed 10-2 on ag­gre­gate in the first knock­out stage of the Cham­pi­ons League by Bay­ern Mu­nich, who they will face in a pre-sea­son friendly in China this sum­mer as part of the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup.

The friendly on July 19 will be fol­lowed by a match against Chelsea on

July 22 at Bei­jing’s Bird’s

Nest Sta­dium.

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