Mesut Ozil defends decision to refuse a cut on £350,000-per-week wages. Mikel Arteta personally intervened to persuade his played to make sacrifices.
Ozil has defended his decision to reject a pay reduction at Arsenal during lockdown and believes ‘people have been trying for two years to destroy me’ in the court of public opinion. He has insisted he won’t be forced out of the club before his contract expires next year despite not playing a single minute post-restart.
The former Germany international, who earns £350,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium, was alone among the Arsenal squad in turning down the year-long pay cut of 12.5 per cent.
‘As players, we all wanted to contribute. But we needed more information and many questions were unanswered,’ he told The Athletic.
‘Everyone was fine with a deferral while there was so much uncertainty. I would have been OK to take a bigger share. And then a cut if required, once the football and financial outlook was clearer.
‘But we were rushed into it without proper consultation. For anyone in this situation, you have a right to know everything, to understand why it is happening. And where the money is going.
‘But we didn’t get enough details, we just had to give a decision. It was far too quick for something so important and there was a lot of pressure.’
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