Arsenal are now set for a top four finish in the Premier League and their players will be richly rewarded if they manage it, not just with a spot in next year’s Champions League.
The Daily Mail claims that Arsenal players will receive lump sum bonuses that are worth up to £500,000 if they make it back into the Champions League places this campaign.
These bonuses are not equal throughout the team, but the most on offer is the huge £500k payment.
The report also claims that a top four finish would see clauses in some contracts triggered which would see wages increase for those players.
Qualifying for the UEFA Champions League is worth up to £50m to a club in broadcasting revenue and prize money, making the massive pay-outs affordable.
The Gunners have won their last four Premier League matches, suffering only one defeat in their last 10 games.
They are one point and one place ahead of Manchester United in fifth, but have three matches in hand on the Red Devils, as well as West Ham in sixth position.
Arteta is unmoved on Arsenal’s top four hopes, saying he is not looking at the league table due to his team having matches in hand on their rivals.
‘I don’t like to look at the table a lot because we have games in hand,’ he said after Arsenal beat Watford. ‘We’re going to have different fixtures and there’s only one objective. I cannot control the results.’