Arsenal intend to make 55 members of club staff redundant amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi announced the news as he detailed the impact that Covid-19 has had on the club, even with Mikel Arteta's side winning this season's FA Cup.

The Gunners are one of many clubs affected with matches being played behind closed doors following a three-month break.

A statement from Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham read: “Over recent years we have consistently invested in additional staff to take the club forward but with the expected reduction of income in mind, it is now clear that we must reduce our costs further to ensure we are operating in a sustainable and responsible way, and to enable us to continue to invest in the team.

Raul Sanllehi has been head of football at Arsenal since September 2018
Raul Sanllehi has been head of football at Arsenal since September 2018

“Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can. Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies.

“We do not make these proposals lightly and have looked at every aspect of the club and our expenditure before reaching this point. We are now entering the required 30-day consultation period on these proposals.

Arsenal are making 55 members of club staff redundant
Arsenal are making 55 members of club staff redundant

“We know this is upsetting and difficult for our dedicated staff and our focus is on managing this as sensitively as possible.

“These proposed changes are ultimately about ensuring we take this great football club forward, creating the right organisation for a post-Covid world, and ensuring we have the resources to return to competing effectively at the top of the game here and in Europe.”

Premier League chief executive said back in April that the pandemic could cost the league over £1billion.

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He said: “The furlough scheme announced by Government is meant for the whole economy, including many enterprises which might be regarded as providing entertainment or otherwise dependent on elite talent.

“Not only is our industry facing losses now, but to be realistic, we must also base our plans on full recovery being some distance away.

“Ultimately, the very heavy losses that we face will have to be dealt with or else clubs or other enterprises who depend on football for income will go out of business.”