It has now been more than one month without any Premier League action. The coronavirus pandemic has put a temporary halt to proceedings, with the Premier League and all other professional football leagues in England currently suspended indefinitely. Arsenal and the rest of the Premier League clubs are waiting for news on what will happen next, with nine games left to play for most teams, and ten league fixtures still remaining for the Gunners. But while there may be no action on the pitch, there is still plenty going on off of it.
The subject of players’ wages has been in the news in recent days. With professional football in England currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Premier League players’ wages have been discussed by politicians, fans and pundits alike. And it has been reported that Arsenal have told their players that they will not have to take a pay cut for losses suffered by the club during the coronavirus crisis, should they qualify for the Champions League this season. But football.london understands that members of the Gunners’ first team squad are deeply unhappy at what has been put forward by the club. It is understood that the first team squad would prefer any deferral, not cut, to go direct to fellow staff, with talks believed to be ongoing and no agreement reached at this stage.
It is understood that all casual workers such as stewards and other matchday staff who are directly employed by Arsenal have been and will still be paid for all games that were scheduled to go ahead. However it emerged that sub-contracted casual workers at the Emirates Stadium, London Stadium and Wembley, who are employed by Delaware North, have received no pay since the shutdown of the Premier League last month.