Tottenham players to be £5m better off than Arsenal squad due to clause - report
By Will Butcher
Arsenal players will miss out on a huge £5million bonus to be shared between the team if they miss out on qualifying for the Champions League this season, according to a report.
The Times claim that members of the Arsenal squad were set to receive around £200,000 each if they secured qualification for next season’s edition of the elite competition through a top-four finish.
It it said that Tottenham have a similar bonus system in place as a results of clauses inserted into the clauses of the players’ contracts, but their own squad are in for a £5m windfall as they are second in the league and flying high.
The Gunners currently sit in fifth place and could miss out on a place in the Champions League if the table remains the same, with fourth placed Man City sitting four points clear in fourth.
Arsenal received around £46million in payments from the Champions League last season, allowing them to give their players a mammoth bonus if they did qualify.
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The north London giants have not failed to finish in the top four during Arsene Wenger’s tenure as Arsenal boss, since the 67-year-old joined the club in 1996.
But the Gunners are now in danger of only qualifying for the Europa League this season, with only nine games until the end of the 2016-17 season.
Arsenal face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday night, as they look to build on the 3-0 win they earned in the middle of the week against London rivals West Ham.
Three points will see them move to within just a point of Pep Guardiola’s City, if Hull can cause a huge upset at the Etihad on Saturday.
In other Arsenal news, the agent of this 30-year-old hotshot has denied talks with Ligue 1 club Marseille.