Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan & Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil will surely be used to such negative headlines already.
But for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, it’s taken less than two months for questions to be levelled at them at Arsenal.
For the second day running, there are reports in the UK media of infighting in the Gunners locker room.
Wednesday’s update comes from the Times, who report that Arsenal’s squad have turned on Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan and Ozil.
Arsenal stars upset about money
The trio are all targets for ire at Arsenal due to their pay packets.
Arsenal have broken the wage structure in recent months, and the ripples of discontent are now spreading in the rest of the squad. Arsenal fans are told:
Arsenal’s team spirit is being tested by the growing pay divide among the players.
The Times has been told that there is growing resentment in some quarters towards the big earners, who have yet to justify salaries that dwarf those of their team-mates.
Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang are the next highest earners at Arsenal after Özil, on weekly wages of £200,000 and £180,000 respectively, but it has been noted in the dressing room that Wenger’s side have won only two of eight matches since those contracts were signed, including losing their past four games.
Is it fair to tie salaries to performances? Surely all Arsenal’s players need to put in 100% effort week in, week out, regardless of their individual deals at the club.
Arsenal stall on new deals
At the same time that claims of financial jealously are reported, Arsenal are stalling on a handful on new deals.
Jack Wilshere is out of contract in the summer, and it’s still no clearer if he’ll agree a new deal with the club.
Moreover, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal are all out of contract in 2019. There’s no progress on those deals either.