Arsenal legend gives a piece of interesting advice to Arteta on dealing with Aubameyang 

One problem that Arsenal needs to solve as soon as possible is the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon captain is set to enter the final year of his Arsenal deal at the end of this month and the club is struggling to tie him down to a new deal.

Arsenal has been in this position before with the likes of Aaron Ramsey eventually leaving the club on a free transfer.

However, the Gunners are unlikely to want that to continue and they will want to prevent that with Aubameyang which has fueled the speculation that they might sell Auba this summer.

Former Arsenal legend Martin Keown has given his opinion on how Arsenal should handle the situation with their captain.

The former Arsenal star claimed that Mikel Arteta needs to follow the lead of Southampton whose manager has told their club captain and contract rebel, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg that he would be stripped of the club’s captaincy if he doesn’t commit his future to them.

‘It’s a real concern for Arsenal, recently with [Mesut] Ozil, they lost [Aaron] Ramsey, they lost [Alexis] Sanchez,’ Keown told talkSPORT as quoted by Metro Sport.  

‘First of all I like the core beliefs of Hasenhuttl, you can hear what he’s saying about Hojbjerg and I think that’s where it needs to come from Arteta.

‘We’re hearing now that, unlike [Unai] Emery who wasn’t involved apparently in the Ramsey situation, him leaving, he’s getting involved. 

‘I think the message needs to be to the player ‘look, we can’t have you captaining the club if there’s uncertainty around your contract’, in the last year of his contract, that can’t be allowed to happen.’

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  1. Auba is top5 striker in Europe, clubs like Real after him, can’t compare with an average player desperate to stay.

    If Arteta tries this, Auba won’t like that and will only be focused on exiting club, not on remaining fixtures.

    Have to disagree with Martin on this one

  2. Position we in, we can’t afford forcing Auba to commit that way.

    He has better options for years, surprised he stayed, he is really committed,

    As captain he is actually in best position to request Arsenal to sign players in order to feel confident and motivated to compete and win titles. And can request a wage increase for his golden boots! Looks like Kroenke did not offer any increase!

    Captain Kos made request to bring a too DM and CB to play next to him, did not ask for any raise, was offered to cut his in two and his Koulibaly request denied! We lost him, got Luiz, no addition at CB also request by Emery.

    Board seems completely lost most of the time, until we get someone to bring order in the house, won’t happen.

    We only needed 2 players and still do same ones; Top CB and beast at DM!
    Now, you can have any players, but coach must do right pick, so far he is not.

    We all know he will pick Ozil, Xhaka then Torreira, then Gendouzi or Willock. Pick Luiz as first CB…Same similar pick over and over.

    This is team we should play

    Bellerin Mari Mustafi Tierny
    Niles Luiz
    Nelson. Saka
    Auba Martinelli

    Sub: Pepe, Nketiah…

    Team Arteta will play

    Bellerin Mari Luiz Tierny
    Torreira Xhaka
    Pepe. Laca. Auba

    Or he may play Saka or Martinelli as on wing or play Nketiah instead of Auba.

    Arteta’s issue to pick formation.

    In term of balance, team I suggest is solid in defending as Saka, Nelson, Auba, Martinelli are all making efforts.

    Both wings be secured and flying with Nelson Bellerin, Niles combining too.
    Saka Tierny and Martinelli who can go wide will make this wing a nightmare to deal with as well.

    Luiz is actually our best and only DM today, Chambers was other option. He is good at this role, can pick passes and defend, solidify CB area, helps & a threat on set piece.

    Arteta is an assistant coach, did not pick team nor decides formation & tac tic. He is experimenting making mistakes as a new coach that he should be doing in a midtable club as supposed to, not in a top club as Arsenal.

    City refused to guaranty him first coach position after Guardiola. Should be at Southampton, not even Everton, learn and devellop to a coach first!

    We would not be in midtable today if Arteta made right choices, nor out of Europa league by Frankfurt even with bad first leg.

    We do not have improved team from last year but to fight for top6, not title of course. Miss a top CB and DM as last year.

    With an assistant coach who role never been to pick the team and tac tic; we can’t expect top6 but bellow and hope for better…

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