Arsenal board have no plans to ask their women’s players to follow the men’s first-team squad in taking a salary cut.
All but three of the men’s first-team squad have agreed to a 12.5 per cent pay-cut over the next 12 months, with top-earner Mesut Ozil, who pockets £350,000-a-week, among the trio stalling on an agreement .
The Gunners have one of the best-paid women’s squads in the WSL – the only fully professional women’s league in Europe – but the top-flight’s salary cap restricts clubs to spending no more than 40% of their turnover on wages, although clubs like Arsenal benefit from philanthropic investment from their men’s parent club.
Chelsea in February made Sam Kerr the best-paid player in the WSL on a reported £1million yearly salary, but the average women’s professional player is thought to earn less than £35,000-a-year.
Arsenal have confirmed they are continuing to pay staff in full and do not currently intend to fall back on the government’s taxpayer-funded furlough scheme during the Premier League shutdown. The club’s 14 executives have agreed to a one-third salary cut for the next year.
Meanwhile, Fifa has confirmed that its promised $1bn (£800m) investment into women’s football between 2019 and 2022 will not be cut, despite the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the global game.