Who is off to the pub today?
I’m giving it a miss.
Nothing to do with my worries about Covid19 (I have no worries) and more to do with me not being bothered to wander round the streets of London looking for a boozer that is allowing people in.
Many pubs will remain shut, and those that are open will be at around 70% capacity. And that is actual capacity, not football day capacity where there can be hundreds in a pub which has a capacity of less than 100.
If you’ve booked your table for 2 hours, fair play. If you haven’t, go and get a few cans and sit in Finsbury Park, Highbury Fields or whatever open space is closes to your house.
Personally, I will be in my garden. The garden bar will be open. BBQ on. The game on my outdoors TV. And at £12 for 15 bottles of Amstel, plenty of money will be saved by all.
Out of nowhere yesterday Arsenal announced a new deal for Gabriel Martinelli. It came out of nowhere.
“Pay parity with Saka” a mate mentioned. And that’s probably true.
In Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, Arsenal have two of the most exciting teenage attacking talents in Europe.
It makes complete sense to ensure both players are on similar money, with similar length contracts. These two are our future.
Hopefully within the next week new contracts for the future is followed up with a new contract for the present. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Reports began to leak that Aubameyang is on the verge of agreeing a 3-year deal with a salary “up to £250k”.
This would represent a 2 year extension, with his current deal having 1 year to run.
It will be an interesting deal when it comes down to the money.
Not too long ago the squad agreed a 12.5% temporary reduction in wages for the 2020/21 season. The reduction would be halved if Arsenal make the Europa League.
Aubameyang’s new deal will surely take into account the squad agreement.
So if it is agreed he is to be on £250k a week, he would immediately take the 12.5% reduction, which would take him down to about £220k.
That would be the sensible action to do to ensure squad happiness.
It would be wrong if Arsenal have asked players to take a reduction, and then give Aubameyang a big new deal with no reduction.
You would be annoyed if you were a player sitting there on £100k a week, now earning £12.5k less, then seeing a teammate, who was already paid more than you, receive an extra £70k a week.
Arsenal will have to be clever with the deal, negotiating incentives with Aubameyang. A pay rise in 12 months time. Even a nice signing on fee or end of contract loyalty bonus making up the missing salary.
Today it is Wolves away.
A tough game but 3 points is essential.
Get to together with your mates. Have some beer. Watch The Arsenal. Stay alert. Stay safe.