Arsenal players have reportedly been given a significant bonus incentive to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Mikel Arteta’s men are in pole position to claim the final spot, currently sitting in fourth place one point ahead of Manchester United with three games in hand.
The latest set of results from the top-flight of English football certainly worked in the Gunners’ favour, with West Ham United being narrowly beaten by Liverpool at Anfield and 24 hours later Manchester United were outclassed by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
This allowed Arsenal to leapfrog both in the Premier League table and take control of the top four race thanks to their 3-2 win over Watford.
Arsenal will be huge favourites to claim their spot back for the first time in six years.
And with Champions League qualification worth at least £50million in prize money, a large percentage of this is paid out to the players who had achieved it the previous season.
According to the Daily Mail, this means each Arsenal player would bag a bonus of over £500,000 for doing so.
It is also believed that some players have contract stipulations which mean that their weekly wages would increase with Champions League football.
Though Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta isn’t looking too far ahead with 13 games left of the season – including fixtures against Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
“To be fair, I don’t like to look at the table a lot because we have games in hand, we’re going to play different fixtures and I know the objective and it’s only one, to try and improve tomorrow on what we’ve done today and go into the next match and that’s it,” the Spaniard said in his post-match press conference.
“I cannot control results and I cannot predict which matches we are going to win, draw or lose, it’s impossible.
“If I start to do that I think we’re going to lose focus in what we want to do.”