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Arsenal handed Cesc Fabregas an unprecedented £3 million ‘golden handcuffs’ payment and upped his wages by nearly 50 per cent to £110,000-a-week to keep him at the club, Goal.com UK can reveal today.The incredible package, which is believed to have been formalised last summer after lengthy negotiations, was agreed to compensate the Spaniard for his relatively ‘below-par’ salary.It made Fabregas the highest-paid player in Arsenal’s history and has given the club hope that he will once again ignore advances from the Continent this summer and stay at Emirates Stadium.In 2006, Fabregas signed an eight-year contract, which was worth an initial £60,000-per-week with annual increments built in.But the player and his agent Darren Dein began talks in 2008 to renegotiate the terms of the deal with the club to reflect his growing status as one of the finest young players in the world.Goal.com UK understands that the board were so desperate to hang on to the player they signed from Barcelona at 16 that they finally sanctioned an unprecedented deal to not only increase his salary from £80,000-per-week to £110,000-a-week but also back-date his pay for two years to compensate him for being underpaid over that period compared to other elite Premier League players.The result was the player received a one-off sum, equivalent to a signing-on-fee, of around £3m, which was effectively £1.5m, or £30,000-a-week, for each of those two years.“Arsenal were so desperate to keep him,” said a boardroom source. “He has become the club’s talisman and the figurehead for the new generation. His status is similar to what Thierry Henry’s once was.“Fabregas and his advisers know they have the club over both barrels.”Henry was also represented by Dein when he struck a similarly hard bargain as he contemplated whether to move to Barcelona in 2006. The switch was finally completed 14 months later.The former Arsenal striker was paid the equivalent of £200,000-a-week during his final season in north London, when Dein was in charge of contract negotiations.Henry received a £5m signing-on fee when he put pen to paper on the four-year deal, which was topped up by a £5m salary.Although there was anger among some of the directors that the signing-on fee had not been spread out over the entirety of the contract, it appears that the board have been forced into a similarly tight corner with Fabregas.Nevertheless, Arsenal are confident that the secret deal will help ward off predators, principally Barcelona, this summer.It has taken the player near to the top of Europe’s high-pay league and has made him comfortably the highest earner at the club, above manager Arsene Wenger, William Gallas and Andrey Arshavin.“Arsenal have been loyal to Fabregas and believe he will be loyal to them,” added the insider. “They know he can earn equally good money, if not better, elsewhere but there are two things in Arsenal’s favour.“Fabregas is in awe of Arsene Wenger because he feels he owes his career to him and he is also a pragmatic man. He knows that he is young and Barcelona can wait.”Although Arsenal’s transfer spending has been constrained by the construction of Emirates Stadium, that has not stopped them sanctioning big wage hikes for many of their players.Seventeen players have been given improved contracts this season and the wage bill is believed to have increased to £115m, the third highest in the Premier League.
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were 3rd highest in the league for wages?!really?

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Yeah it's true, heard Denilson is on £50k a -week, not sure how true it is but that's scary.The club give these contracts so players don't leave on that Webster clause or whatever else.Can you even blame the club for making him the highest paid player? He is the best player, club captain and has a passion for Arsenal.

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Tbh its a waining passion, hence the 50% increase.Whas his release clause?

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See these contracts where the player feels they deserve it only help in more lacklustre performances from themObviously it's Fabregas though but stil.../TBH looking at our squad our wages should be 5th 6th behind teams like Chelsea, Tottenham, City and UtdToo many unproven players getting proven player wages ala Denilson

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Manoeuvre of fear, was he not already tied down until 2015?Either way I'm glad, keeping him is the foundation of any future success.

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lol @ denilson being on 50k faackk offff

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lol @ wenger going on about having low overall wages and not being able to compete with other teams when it comes to wages when they are the 3rd highest in PL

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Its probably true about denilson tbhI dont think anyone gets a sh*t wage, everyone gets roughly the same good wage, and maybe in extreme cases a few get much more.Didnt Wilshere get 19k a week on his first pro contract? (this might be the norm I dont know really)

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Denilson is getting what?!!?So we avoid buying proven players who can do a job to pay clowns like Denilson how much? I don't even wanna think about wtf we are paying that Bendtner.

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From when JET is driving around Merc Mcclarens..

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LMFAOI swear Wenger has a degree in economics or something?

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To be honest Denilson's wage is pretty much an average. Most of our players are on 40-50k.Clichy 40kSagna 40kBendtner 45k

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Fabregas signed a 8 yr contract until 2014, however after 5 yrs, 2011, it had to be reviewed obviously the club moved early.Denilson is on a contract rising to 50k basic by the end. Wilshere first deal in the papers was said to be 15k.

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B52 deserves at least £80K a week.Local hero.

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Kieron Gibbs is on £20k i heard and he's only come through in the last year. Denilson has been around a few years more, so the 50k quoted is probably realistic

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the minimum for an arsenal first-teamer is 15k tbh ALA JET, LANSBURY, MANNONE etc.if you aint rated/ sh*t agent its a 7k ting

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yeah but your wages should be determined by status and role in the teamif you were a 1st team regular playing for arsenal any less than 50k in todays market would be a parthat said denilson shouldnt be a first team squad regular as his ability and performances dont warrant this.lol at degree in comics posd

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JET, Lansbury, Bartley, Hoyte etc cant be on that sort of p, unless Arsenal covering their wages while they out on loan, cos Championship clubs aint paying up that tab.

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Bear in mind taxation, inflation, etc when talking about Denilson.He's bringing home 25 bags, MAX....

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who are you calling Jet?

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who are you calling Jet?
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
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