Stan Collymore aims dig at Arsenal squad over wage cut row

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Stan Collymore aims dig at Arsenal squad over wage cut row Collymore aimed a dig at the Arsenal squad (Picture: Sportsfile via Getty)Stan Collymore aimed a cheeky jibe at Arsenal players over their wage cut battle – suggesting they could have won the Premier League if they’d shown this much fight on the pitch! While the former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker defended the Arsenal squad over their stance to reject a 12.5% pay cut, he believes their sudden show of ‘unity’ has been exactly what’s missing at the club for many years. But Collymore still backed the players and believes it’s wrong for Arsenal chiefs to attempt to insert a clause saying the cuts would only be pay deferrals if the club qualifies for Europe, with the team currently ninth in the league.AdvertisementAdvertisementRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENT‘If Arsenal’s players had shown in the Premier League these past five or six years the sort of fight they’re showing in their wage battle with the club then they might actually have won one,’ Collymore told the Daily Mirror.‘They’re displaying Champions League-level unity in their discussions around potential wage cuts or deferrals, which isn’t something we’ve said about them on the pitch for some time.‘To be fair to them, though, they are absolutely right to say they won’t accept a pay cut that will only become a deferral if they qualify for Europe, because the club shouldn’t be moving the goalposts now on contracts that were signed in good faith. The Arsenal squad are locked in a battle over pay (Picture: Getty)‘As I have said several times these past few weeks, if a club had come to me in my playing days and said, “Stan, these are exceptional circumstances and we need to defer your wages”, then I’d have had no problems in doing it providing I got what I’d signed up for at some point during my contract.‘But what I do have a problem with is clubs who’ve raked in hundreds of millions of pounds for many years now suddenly trying to find ways around not paying players what they are owed.‘Whether it’s when the 2019-20 season ends or even when the 2020-21 season ends, players should get back any monies they have deferred in the coming weeks and months.’MORE: Arsenal players question Kroenke amid pay cut rowMORE: Bosnich ‘certain’ Spurs would sell Kane to Man UtdFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 14 Apr 2020 11:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link227Shareslast_img

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