FA CUP winners Arsenal have clawed back £12million in wages after Saturday’s triumph.

Mikel Arteta’s squad agreed to a 12.5 per cent annual pay cut to help with the financial problems of coronavirus.

Arsenal came from behind to beat rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup final


Arsenal came from behind to beat rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup finalCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Players were promised they would get their money back if they made the Champions League.

And despite not doing that, qualifying for the Europa League by winning the Cup means the cut will be just 7.5 per cent.

It means Arsenal will save £18m on their £240m annual wage bill rather than the £30m originally envisaged.

But that will be offset by the £25m windfall of Europa League qualification and £3.6m in prize money for winning the FA Cup.

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The Gunners were the only Premier League club to impose a salary cut and not a wage deferral.

The refund will not apply to Arteta and other senior executives, who agreed a one-off reduction of 30 per cent.

Arsenal’s players now have just three weeks before pre-season training starts on August 22.

That is just six days before the Community Shield match with Liverpool.

At least Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi will be well rested after missing Saturday’s Cup final to go on vacation.

Ozil flew to Istanbul last week, while Guendouzi took to Instagram to post a picture from his holiday.

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