COVID-19: Arsenal To Lay Off 55 Staff

English FA Cup newly crowned champions Arsenal have announced plans to lay off 55 persons in the club’s employment.
This is to help the club save cost and keep going in the face of the negative economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement published on the club’s website on Wednesday, which made the plans known, however did not specify how many playing staff and the non-playing staff that will laid off, but it emphasised that The Gunners management will invest more on the first team after the exercise.

COVID-19: Arsenal To Lay Off 55 Staff
Arsenal team celebrating after winning the FA Cup.

The statement signed by Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi and Managing Director Vinai Venkatesham, read: “In line with other football clubs and many other businesses operating in the sport, leisure and entertainment arena, we have been impacted directly by COVID-19.

“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 is now clear that we will be facing more significant and longer-lasting reductions in our revenue than we all hoped. Current indications are that we will not have fans back at Emirates Stadium for the start of next season and fans will only be able to return in limited numbers after that. The global economic projections are also very negative.

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“This will impact the disposable income of our fans, the money corporate clients have to spend on hospitality and sponsorship, and the ability for broadcasters to invest in TV rights.

“We all hope there will be no ‘second wave’ but we also need to accept that is one of the many uncertainties ahead of us and plan accordingly.

“Over recent years we have consistently invested in additional staff to take the club forward but with the expected reduction of income in mind, it is now clear that we must reduce our costs further to ensure we are operating in a sustainable and responsible way, and to enable us to continue to invest in the team.

“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.

“We have also received significant financial support from our owners, Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment in terms of refinancing our 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.”