Truth be told, Arsenal have rejuvenated their trembling season like no other club. The Gunners became a laughing stock when they went on to lose their first three league games. Moreover, many pundits opinionated that Arsenal would engage in a relegation battle this season after languishing in 20th place after match-week 3. However, Arteta and his young Arsenal side have turned the tables and now sit fourth in the table. Arsenal have now set their sights on a Champions League spot which is well within their reach. And the ecstatic club has now decided to hand in hefty bonuses to the players as they clinch the Champions League spot.
As Per reports from talksports.com, Arsenal wants to reward the players for this turnover with lucrative bonuses. A Champions League qualification could see Arsenal play the elite European club competition for the first time since the 2016/17 season. Mikel Arteta could also see himself become the first person in Arsenal’s history to captain and manage the club in the Champions League. Moreover, Champions League football could also help Arsenal with their contract renewals of crucial players and new signings too.
Champions League bonuses for Arsenal players
According to talksports.com, the bonuses Arsenal would hand out could be around a whopping £500,000. While it’s not always about the money, this bonus could act as an extra boost to the players. However, Arsenal players face no shortage of sky-high confidence, snatching all three points from each of their last four league games. The games showed players’ iron will to grind out wins as all of them were won with just a goal difference. As a result, Arsenal sit climbed fourth in the table, a point above fifth-placed Manchester United. What’s more encouraging is that Arsenal have a massive 3 games in hand over United.
If Arsenal succeeds in securing the Champions League spot, the club would be helped with a windfall of £50 million. The £50 million will be an earning from the prize money and broadcasting revenue for qualifying to the Champions League. The club would pay the promised bonuses from this amount on a pro-rata basis. Meaning every player will be entitled to the amount which has been pre-agreed with the club. £500,000 is reportedly the highest of bonuses that will be handed out.
Champions League football to help with contracts
Apart from the bonuses, Champions League football could also result in altering of contracts of some players. The Daily Mail reports that some of the players could see their salaries increased if Arsenal earn UCL football. Arsenal’s return to the Champions League would trigger these salary clauses in the contracts of those players. This way, the club would also receive help in renewing their crucial players. Outrageously talented Bukayo Saka’s renewal is one of them. The academy boy’s contract expires in two years’ time and Europe’s top clubs are ready to poach him. However, he has repeatedly bestowed his loyalty to Arsenal.
But Saka’s talent deserves Champions League football, and the 20-year-old has reiterated the same. While speaking to The Metro, Saka said,
“I think the Champions League creates so many special nights and it’s a dream for me still to experience one of them and hopefully many more of them”.
This should put Arsenal on an alert to make sure Saka, along with other immensely talented players of the squad are ensured of Champions League football.
Boss Mikel Arteta also agrees that Champions League qualification is crucial for players to stay. On his side winning the Champions League spot, Arteta said,
“Everything helps, because the financial position is going to be determined by how good we are, where we finish. That will help our sponsorship, our marketing, our ticketing sales. Where it starts is how good we do on that pitch,”
Arsenal are in the driving seat for a Champions League ticket and look determined not to settle for anything less. Their summer transfer plans also rely on the same with the club needing reinforcements in important departments.
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