Arsenal players face drastic pay cuts if they are relegated from the Premier League.

Several players will be obliged to take 25 per cent reductions if the unthinkable happens and the Gunners — who are 15th in the table — drop out of the top flight.

Such clauses are common at smaller clubs, who are expected to face a greater threat of relegation. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of the best paid players in England on £350,000 a week

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of the best paid players in England on £350,000 a week

Arsenal stars will be obliged to take 25 per cent wage cuts if they're relegated this season

Arsenal stars will be obliged to take 25 per cent wage cuts if they’re relegated this season

ARSENAL’S TOP EARNERS

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £350,000 p/w

Mesut Ozil – £350,000 p/w

Willian – £220,000 p/w

Alexandre Lacazette – £180,000 p/w

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But even Arsenal — who are one of English football’s traditional Big Six and were hoping to be in the mix for Champions League qualification this season — have pre-empted the financial chaos relegation would cause and have included pay-cut clauses in player contracts.

The north London club’s annual wage bill is more than £150million, with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang among the best-paid players in England. 

It is unclear whether the 25 per cent figure is a club-wide stance — but numerous players are known to be on that percentage reduction in the event of relegation.

The Gunners are four points above the relegation zone, having gained just two points from their last seven League games.

The prospect of them facing a fight to stay in the top division would, in normal circumstances, be unthinkable.

But their poor start to the season and manager Mikel Arteta’s struggle to arrest their slide down the table has raised fears they could be dragged into a relegation battle.

Arsenal wouldn't normally face the prospect of relegation but have had a terrible season so far

Arsenal wouldn’t normally face the prospect of relegation but have had a terrible season so far

Mikel Arteta's men sit 15th in the Premier League and just four points above the drop zone

Mikel Arteta’s men sit 15th in the Premier League and just four points above the drop zone