It really does take some doing to sell your top goalscorer and Golden Boot winner but there are very good reasons why Arsenal should consider doing such a bold move.
These are not normal circumstances, the club is in a little bit of turmoil right now, they are in a rut and they need to find a way out of their current predicament and the only way to do that is to sell one of their biggest assets.
One can easily find five reasons why Arsenal must not sell Aubameyang but unfortunately, it is easy to find five good reasons why they must sell the Gabon international.
Arsenal needs the money
Aubameyang is probably the biggest asset and I struggle to think of any other player that will raise us the amount of money that we would receive for him. The owner will not inject any fresh funds and so to have a healthy transfer budget we have to sell our biggest asset, Liverpool did it, Spurs did it, we have to do it.
He is not getting any younger
Auba is now 30 and even if he had another great season his career at the very top is entering its twilight years, he will not get any faster, his speed will start to decline and most importantly, his value can only go down, it will not rise.
There are just two years left on his contract
Arsenal now has a policy whereby they will offer new contracts when players enter their final two years of a contract or they get sold. That is all well and good when a player is 26 but at 30 what is going to happen? Do they extend until he is 33-34 on a huge wage? That is madness, a player with a declining resale value earning £180k per week and we give him a longer contract and more money, that is the sort of business that has got us into the trouble we are in now.
We can replace Aubameyang with youth
The forward line is not our biggest area of concern, we already have Alexandre Lacazette up there and we have talented youngsters that should be given a chance to shine, players like Eddie Nketiah or we could even use Reiss Nelson or Xavier Amaechi on the wings with Laca the lone striker, in fact, we may even be able to convert either of those youngsters or simply buy in a new striker for a lot less than we get for Auba. Point is we have options and who knows, we may have a youngster as Spurs had with Harry Kane. The difference is though, they gave Kane a chance. Arsenal must do the same.
It could start a revolution
Liverpool sold Phillipe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez and used the money to start a revolution at Anfield, Tottenham sold Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Dimitar Berbatov etc and have used that money down the years to slowly but surely rebuild their team. We have to do the same. We have to begin a revolution at the Emirates, we have a new manager and he needs players to fit his vision.