Arsenal need reminding of what Arsene Wenger said about putting employees before transfers back in 2016

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Ian Wright told Arsenal to ‘remember who they are’ following their announcement of redundancies – and this Arsene Wenger clip might help. The Gunners have sparked widespread anger by revealing 55 members of staff will lose their jobs due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, all the while continuing to be linked with big-money signings. Getty Images – Getty Wenger never put transfers before employees Rumour has it Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is close to agreeing a new three-year deal worth an estimated £250,000-a-week, while reports claim Willian has been offered a weekly salary of £100,000 to sign for the club. Wenger, the legendary Arsenal boss, developed an unfair reputation for being stingy in the transfer window, but in fact, he always put regular people at the club first. Speaking after Arsenal’s 0-0 draw at Leicester in August 2016, Wenger said: “I’ll spend £300million if I have the £300m. “I’m not going to forget that we are a club with 600 employees. We need to have a responsible attitude for them as well.” Head of recruitment Francis Cagigao, who has played an instrumental scouting role at the Emirates for more than a decade, is one of the 55 members of staff who have been axed by the club. Cagigao discovered top talents such as Cesc Fabregas, Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin, but has been made redundant as the club looks to battle the financial devastation caused by COVID-19. Getty Images Aubameyang looks set to sign a big-money deal Head of UK scouting Peter Clark and fellow recruitment specialist Brian McDermott have also been shown the door  – though redundancies are still in a consultation period. The north London club have moved more towards agent-led recruitment strategies in recent seasons, a likely reason behind the restructuring of their senior scouting set up. However, Arsenal moved to assure supporters that investment into the team will continue, despite the loss of jobs.,

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