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MASSIVE! What Arsenal players have been promised if they qualify for the Champions League this season

Massive for Arsenal players as they line up for huge lump-sum bonuses of up to £500,000 each if the club returns to the Champions League for the first time since 2017.

In addition, some stars would see their weekly wages automatically increase with a top-four finish.

Mikel Arteta’s side are in pole position to finish fourth in the Premier League, having surpassed Manchester United to secure a place in Europe’s top competition.

Arsenal leads Manchester United by one point, but the Gunners have three games in hand.

With Champions League qualification worth at least £50 million in prize money and broadcasting revenue to clubs, a significant portion of that will go to the players who have earned it if Arsenal can end their five-year absence.

A one-time bonus for finishing in one of the top four spots would be due to the squad, which would then be divided among Arteta’s squad.

The amount received by each player is calculated on a pro-rata basis, with the top figure hovering around the £500,000 mark.

It will also be massive for some players who are also said to have separate clauses in their contracts that will see their weekly wages automatically increase for the season in which the club competes in the Champions League group stages.

Reaching the Champions League next season will provide Arsenal players with an additional opportunity to increase their earnings, as they will be able to add progress-related bonuses to their pre-agreed schedule for the 2022-23 season.

As one of the biggest competitions, the figures they can negotiate based on how far they go will be of higher value.

Return to Europe’s top table will help accelerate Arteta’s efforts to restore Arsenal to former glories.

It will improve Arsenal’s hopes of keeping young star Bukayo Saka as they aim to secure the England winger on a new contract befitting his status as one of their most important players and also increase their transfer budget and appeal to potential targets.

Arsenal’s summer transfer priority is to strengthen their attack with up to two new strikers. Reinforcements could also arrive in attacking midfield and at centre back.

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