According to Argentine tabloid Clarin, Arsenal have paid £500,000 to Emi Martinez’s former club Independiente.
The bonus payment is understood to have been triggered because Martinez, our longest-serving player, has made 10 appearances for the Gunners first team this season.
It’s actually the first time the keeper has hit double figures in a single season for Arsenal since signing as a teenager back in 2010. His previous best was six in 2014/15.
According to Sport Witness, we tried to argue that the Europa League didn’t count (ha!) but have since reneged and coughed up.
We’re trying to get our head around a clause still being in play after a decade. Is that normal?
Also, it’s unclear whether this is a one-off payment or if we’ll have to make further payments if he hits 10 appearances in future seasons. God knows what we’ll have to pay if he hits 20 appearances…given he signed on Gazidis’ watch, we might have to sign over our stadium or something.
As a word of warning to Independiente, we wouldn’t go spending the cash just yet. If this season gets wiped from the record, presumably we’d be allowed to ask for the money back.