Mesut Ozil was the target of trolls for his high wages after Arsenal announced they are set to make 55 club staff redundant due to the COVID-19 crisis. The club, in a statement, said that they were letting go of 55 staff members to tackle the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. It also said that the decision was taken keeping the club’s best interests in mind and that is was the only way forward. Supports of the club and many Gunners fans immediately lashed back at Arsenal’s multi-billionaire owner Stan Kroenke for such heartless decision amid the pandemic. Some also targeted Ozil for refusing to take a pay cut. Willian Transfer News: Arsenal Most Likely Destination for Chelsea Midfielder, Say Reports.

Former German international, Ozil, who moved to Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013, earns £350,000 per week in wages and is the club’s highest-paid player. Ozil had earlier refused to take a pay-cut amid the pandemic despite most of his teammates agreeing to the deduction to help the club function. Ozil was asked by club to take a 12.5% pay-cut to annual salary at the end of April but had refused. Manchester United Transfer News Update: Red Devils Identify Second Summer Target After Jadon Sancho.

Arsenal Announce 55 Job-Cuts

Arsenal, on Wednesday, put out a statement on its website declaring that they will sack 55 staff members to reduce the costs that will help in ensuring the cub continuous to function in a sustainable and responsible manner. "Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can. Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies.

"We do not make these proposals lightly and have looked at every aspect of the club and our expenditure before reaching this point. We are now entering the required 30-day consultation period on these proposals. We know this is upsetting and difficult for our dedicated staff and our focus is on managing this as sensitively as possible,” the club said in the statement.

Pathetic Decision

Mesut Ozil After Hearing the Job-Cut

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Ozil Earning Highest Wages When Not Even Playing

Mesut Ozil Turning Up At the Emirates

Arsenal Letting Go 55 Employees While Ozil Still Earns Without Playing

Fans called the decision pathetic and also reacted sharply to Ozil’s decision of refusing to take a pay cut and also over his high salary. The 31-year-old has not played a single game post the season resumption and watched from the stands as Arsenal won the FA Cup and secured a Europa League spot that guaranteed them additional revenue for next season.

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