Arsenal players are in line for a big bonus if they help the club seal Champions League football this season by finishing in the top 4.

Arsenal's Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli celebrates after scoring his team third goal during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north-west of London on March 6, 2022.(Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli celebrates after scoring his team third goal during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north-west of London on March 6, 2022.(Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

With Arsenal sitting in fourth place by a point – but with three games in hand on Manchester United who are a bit rubbish – fourth place is, rather surprisingly, Arsenal’s to lose.

The player’s are probably not thinking about any bonus that might bring to their pay packet, but an exclusive, in Tuesday’s Daily Mail, claims that Arsenal players are in line for a bonus, which could reach £500k for some players, should they qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2017.

Arsenal bonuses via Daily Mail
Arsenal bonuses via Daily Mail

The bonus, of course, will be repaid to the club by the amount of money on offer in the world’s top club football competition. Qualification alone is worth around £50m in prize money and broadcasting revenue.

The Mail claim a lump sum will be split between the squad on a pro rata basis, meaning those who played the most will receive the most.

There are also said to be clauses in some contracts that will see weekly wages increase should the club return to Europe’s top table and for the duration of their time in it.

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