Piers Morgan takes aim at Mesut Ozil as he slams Arsenal redundancy decision

The decision of Arsenal chiefs to make 55 members of staff redundant has been questioned by celebrity supporter Piers Morgan who has pointed out the wages of Mesut Ozil and their recent European qualification

Posted Friday, August 07, 2020 by Dailystar.co.uk

Piers Morgan has lashed out at his beloved Arsenal.

The broadcaster, journalist and writer is often vocal about events that surround the north London club, and their decision to sack 55 members of staff was certain to attract his attention.

The 55-year-old acknowledged the announcement on Twitter on Thursday, and he pointed towards two factors which make the reduction in staff rather questionable.

As well as the huge wages earned by the out-of-favour Mesut Ozil, the fact that they won the FA Cup means that they have qualified for the Europa League group stages for next season, bringing in extra funds.

Piers Morgan takes aim at Mesut Ozil as he slams Arsenal redundancy decision
Piers Morgan is a huge fan of Arsenal, and has had pictures with their stars in the past

He wrote: “Arsenal firing 55 staff when we're owned by a multi-billionaire, have just made £££ by winning the FA Cup & qualifying for Europe, & pay Mesut Ozil £350k-a-week to sit on his a**e, is morally indefensible & not what I expect from a club with our heritage. Shameful decision.”

Ian Wright has also offered his thoughts on the decision by saying: “Remember who you are, what you are and who you represent!!!”

Despite being the highest earner at the club by a long way, Ozil has been frozen out by Mikel Arteta as has midfielder Matteo Guendouzi.

The Spanish boss has previously stated that everyone who wants to be a part in his team is regularly involved, hinting that there is no future at the club for the aforementioned players.

The original statement sent to fans by head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham read: “Over recent years we have consistently invested in additional staff to take the club forward.

"But with the expected reduction of income in mind, it is now clear that we must reduce our costs further to ensure we are operating in a sustainable and responsible way, and to enable us to continue to invest in the team.

"Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can.

"Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies."

Before adding: "We do not make these proposals lightly and have looked at every aspect of the club and our expenditure before reaching this point.

"We are now entering the required 30-day consultation period on these proposals.

"We know this is upsetting and difficult for our dedicated staff and our focus is on managing this as sensitively as possible.

"These proposed changes are ultimately about ensuring we take this great football club forward, creating the right organisation for a post-Covid world, and ensuring we have the resources to return to competing effectively at the top of the game here and in Europe."

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