• Squad asked for 12.5% pay cut if Champions League not attained
  • Agent says solution is deferral with fixed reimbursement date

The stand-off between Arsenal and their players over wage reductions risks sending an untimely ripple through waters that, after a turbulent first half of the season, seemed to have calmed since Mikel Arteta’s arrival in December.

Arsenal want their players to take a pay cut of 12.5%, which would apply if they did not qualify for the Champions League when football restarts, but that suggestion has been rejected by a significant number of the squad.

Related: Pay cuts, furlough or deferrals: what are the Premier League clubs doing?

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