After years of frugal spending at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has been gradually loosening the purse-strings in recent years.
That has put the Gunners’ notoriously strict wage structure under threat and it was blown apart by their January spending.
Alexis Sanchez departed the Emirates after a protracted stand-off over his contract after the club refused to meet his elevated wage demands, to be replaced by Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of a swap deal from Manchester United.
To appease Arsenal fans further, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came in from but that pair of deals to reunite the former Borussia Dortmund pair did not come cheap.
According to the Times, some of the Arsenal players who earn less and who have been earning less for some time now are becoming disgruntled with the high-earning duo – who the report claims earn £200,000 and £180,000 respectively.
They feel that they are not doing well enough on the pitch to justify their increased salaries and with many contracts due for renewal – Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Nacho Monreal among them – that could become an even bigger problem.
Arsenal have only won two in eight since the pair – valued at a combined £90m by transfermarkt.co.uk – joined and the initial excitement that greeted their arrival has already subsided.
They are under pressure to perform already from the club’s fans and if that spreads to the dressing room – where admittedly there aren’t many players pulling their weight right now, no matter what they’re earning – then it could deepen their issues.