Jason Cundy says persons are improper to criticise Arsenal for making workers redundant, insisting soccer golf equipment should not immune from the consequences of the coronavirus disaster.
And whereas many have blasted the Gunners for sacking numerous their behind-the-scenes workers, the previous Chelsea defender has insisted ‘the gamers are extra necessary’.
Arsenal have come beneath heavy scrutiny after saying the ‘upsetting’ and ‘troublesome’ information that they’re shedding 55 membership workers on account of monetary implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The information got here lower than every week after the membership earned a giant monetary enhance by lifting the FA Cup final weekend, banking £3m by beating Chelsea within the remaining at Wembley and an additional £40m for his or her subsequent qualification for subsequent season’s Europa League.
Ally McCoist described the assertion as a ‘ethical own-goal’, and it’s claimed even the Arsenal gamers themselves should not comfortable.
Questions have additionally been raised over the membership’s reported £100,000-a-week contract supply to Chelsea winger Willian and claims they’re additionally able to up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s wages to £250,000-a-week to signal a brand new deal.
Excessive-profile casualties of the job cuts – reported to avoid wasting the membership round £2m per years – embrace famed scout Francis Cagigao, head of UK scouting Peter Clark and recruitment specialist Brian McDermott.
Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has additionally criticised his outdated north London rivals, saying Arsenal are ripping out the ‘foundations of the membership’ by letting go a few of the workers who work behind the scenes to maintain the membership ticking.
However Cundy stated on the Sports activities Bar that, in actuality, ‘an important a part of the soccer membership are the gamers’.
“I’m not defending what Arsenal have completed, however the footballers on the membership are those that make the membership tick,” stated the talkSPORT host.
“Nobody is ever going to say, ‘Willian and Aubameyang shouldn’t get their cash as a result of the cleaner wants an additional £5 every week – no person is ever going to say that.
“A very powerful folks on the soccer membership are the gamers. It’s not truthful, however that’s simply the way in which it’s.
“I hope my membership doesn’t go down this route as a result of it doesn’t look good, however when one other trade does it why can’t Arsenal do it?
“We’ve seen a few of the greatest industries on the earth wrestle. Soccer is not any completely different to banking, airways – I imply, Virgin Airways have simply filed for chapter!
“There are two work forces at soccer golf equipment – the folks behind the scenes that do the administration, the catering, the tickets, after which there’s the taking part in workers.
“Don’t confuse the 2.
“No soccer membership goes to remove from the taking part in workers. The behind the scenes workers depend on the primary workforce. If the primary workforce don’t carry out, don’t get European soccer or win trophies, they’ll must make workers cuts someplace, that’s what soccer golf equipment do.
“What sticks within the neck for everybody, and I perceive this, is the massive wages.
“However companies up and down the excessive avenue the world over are going bust and having to put folks off, so why do folks have a look at soccer golf equipment as in the event that they’re so completely different?”
Take heed to a clip of Jason Cundy on The Sports activities Bar above