Arsenal fans on Twitter have questioned their side’s motivations after news emerged that each player will earn a bonus of £100,000-£500,000 for winning the Europa League.
The Gunners failed to finish in the Premier League top four and must now win the Europa League final against Chelsea on May 29 in Baku to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The route to Europe’s elite competition won’t be the only incentive for Arsenal players, however, with the Daily Mail reporting that bonuses will be in order for each player should they win the club’s first European trophy since the 1994 Cup Winners Cup.
The total expenditure for the bonuses is anticipated to be around £10m, but that sum would be dwarfed by the profits earned from Champions League qualification.
After a cataclysmic end to the season that saw the Gunners win just one of their last five Premier League matches, many Arsenal fans have questioned their players’ commitment to the cause other than through mercenary desires.
Check out the best of the reaction below!
Sad if that’s the best way to motivate a team these days. Any chance of a few playing for the shirt or the fans?
— Matt Carter (@mrcofafc) May 21, 2019
Thought winning a trophy would have been enough incentive
— Sonny (@sonny_arsenal) May 20, 2019
After 7 points from a possible 21 in the premier to finish 5th, I think the bonus payment is ridiculous. The motivation should be playing in the champions league next season, not money. already millionaires. ?
— Matt Crosby (@Mattagcrosby99) May 21, 2019
What a bribe….lol
— Tony Thompson?? (@1Tonythompson) May 21, 2019
So make sure you win it since that’s all the players care about these days. #COYG
— Jameca (@InEmeryWeTrust2) May 21, 2019
— rilwan isah (@IsahRilwanisah) May 21, 2019