Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville thinks there are major problems in Arsenal’s dressing room following the news that three players, including Mesut Ozil, have opted out of taking a pay cut.
The Gunners announced yesterday that the vast majority of the playing squad had agreed to a 12.5% reduction in their wages, but it has been reported that Ozil is not one of those who has decided to take part.
Neville thinks the fact that one of the players’ names is already in the public domain suggests there is a lack of a united front in the squad:
“The club or the players, they’ve outed him. It’s as simple as that. This is a situation where you’ve got three players breaking from the group. It’s unpleasant and this is nothing to do with the Premier League and nothing to do with Arsenal Football Club per se, this is to do with a spirit in the dressing room whereby you all stick together.”
“You don’t throw each other overboard, you support each other through thick and thin. Three have decided to go their own way.”
Ozil has come under fire from all sides this morning from pundits, and while he was always likely to take a lot of flak with him earning £350,000 a week, it is important to remember this is a voluntary pay cut.
The 31-year-old’s charity work has been used as a defence of the midfielder, but without knowing the ins and outs of the talks between the player and the club, it would be premature to come to a definitive judgement on the situation.