Arsenal To Make 55 Redundancies Among Club Staff Due To Covid-19

Arsenal are set to make 55 redundancies among club staff.

The news was announced this afternoon and the measures are being undertaken in an effort to ensure that the club “have the resources to return to competing effectively at the top of the game here and in Europe” once the coronavirus pandemic eventually comes to an end.

In a joint statement by the club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham, the club detailed the impact that Covid-19 has had.

“Our main sources of income have all reduced significantly. Revenue from broadcasters, matchday, and commercial activities have all been hit severely and these impacts will continue into at least the forthcoming 2020/21 season.

“The pandemic represents one of the most challenging periods in our 134-year history and we have responded promptly by implementing wide-ranging measures to reduce our costs. Our players, senior football staff and executive team have volunteered pay cuts, we have stopped pretty much all of our capital spending, and our discretionary operating expenditure has been strictly controlled,” it states.

The statement adds: “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.

“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. ”

The statement notes that Arsenal’s owners, Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment, have recently provided financial support in terms of refinancing their stadium debt.

“These steps have all reduced the impact of the pandemic on the club and have helped us continue to maintain investment in the team. This will continue to be a key priority,” it states.

With fans not expected fans back into stadiums for the start of next season, Arsenal believe that the economic projections are grim.

The statement concludes by saying: “These proposed changes are ultimately about ensuring we take this great football club forward, creating the right organization 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.”

Mikel Arteta’s side finished eighth in last season’s Premier League and won the FA Cup.

Arsenal vs. Manchester United-Preview

Arsenal will play the first game of the new year facing their long-time rival in Manchester United at the Emirates tonight.

The game comes at a very bad moment for Arsenal, at this point in the season I don’t know when the next win will come from. Emirates used to be a fortress and know Arsenal they have lost 3 consecutive games at the Emirates and are 12th in the league table, this is bad.

Injury Crisis

Arsenal are in injury crisis at the moment, there are rumors that Calum Chambers will be out for the rest of the season, Kieran Tierney will start training on march, Kolasinac is out as well, Sokratis had concussion so probably he won’t start today, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are still recovering from long term injuries and they will have medical check-up this morning to decide if they can make the squad or not.

On the good news, it seems like Granit Xhaka and Dan Ceballos will be back in the squad after participating in full training yesterday.

The game

At this point of the season, Manchester United are better than Arsenal, they won their last two games and they seem to do well when they play the so-called big teams. On the other hand, Arsenal are on the bad run, they are in 12th place on the table, the league table does not lie it has been that bad.

The good news is that in games like this form goes out the window and something happens and that is my hope for today’s game (there is nothing to suggest that Arsenal will win this game, except for the hope that they might).

Manchester United has been inconsistent this season, they had their up and down but there is one thing that has been consisted for them this season, they are very good at counter-attacking if Arsenal does not defend well on those counters, it can be a very sad start of the decade for gunners.

Predicted eleven

Due to the lack of personal, I don’t think that Arteta will make many changes from the side that played against Chelsea last weekend, the only changes I can see it is Granit Xhaka coming in for Matteo Guenzouzi and if Sokratis is not fit enough, Mustafi will be partnering David Luiz as center back pair.

This is the team I think will play today.

Arsenal vs. Manchester United-Preview

Score prediction

I know at the moment Manchester United are a better footballing side than us but as I said before I have a hope that Arsenal might do something and surprise them, so I am going for the first win under Arteta. Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United.

We Love Arsenal Blog is Back

I started this blog years ago, to be exactly 3 years but somehow I lost control of it, this is due to the fact that at the time I lost it I was very busy and I forgot to renew the domain name.

Now I got the control of We Love Arsenal Blog, I will start posting regular content on this blog and hopefully, you will be able to enjoy it.

Also, I would like to thank some of you who encouraged me to take back the ownership of this blog, my promise to you is that I will do everything on my power not post regular content again and keep writing about our beloved Arsenal.

Thank you very much and enjoy your reading.