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Xhaka leading squad fury over Arsenal job cuts

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is said to be leading the players' revolt after the club announced plans to make 55 members of staff redundant.

Arsenal are facing a backlash after bosses announced the proposed job cuts, blaming the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on club finances.

The Daily Mail says members of Mikel Arteta's squad reacted with dismay to the job cuts announcement with sources saying former captain Xhaka was among the most vocal in discussions between the players that followed Wednesday's news.

His upset was widely shared by his teammates, with the proposed job cull being revealed just four months after most of Arsenal's players were encouraged to agree pay cuts in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

They had believed that by accepting a 12.5 per cent cut, reduced to 7.5 per cent after qualifying for the Europa League, they would protect the jobs of Arsenal staff.

So they were stunned to find out at the end of a conference call with head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham, that a significant number would still be made redundant.

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