There was always going to be consequences losing the Europa League final to Chelsea and according to former Arsenal defender Martin Keown we may pay the price with the loss of two of our biggest stars.
Keown is of the opinion that Arsenal runs the risk of losing both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.
Speaking on BT Sport last night Keown said: “You mention about keeping the players.
“Aubameyang and Lacazette, it won’t be easy to hold onto them.”
He is, of course, right, there is a chance we could lose either or both players, they are not getting any younger and are ambitious and you have to think they have had a look at their teammates and asked themselves are they likely to be winning major trophies anytime soon.
It is hard to see us winning the title or Champions League over the next few seasons and when you look at the ages of Aubameyang and Lacazette you cannot blame them for possibly thinking they will have more chance elsewhere.
That said, the club may be open to selling Aubameyang if he does not agree on a new deal in the summer and they can at least force Lacazette to stay for at least one season due to the fact that he has three years left on his contract.
Aubameyang and Lacazette have had a decent season for us but they went missing last night and that is unacceptable but even so, losing both would be a nightmare for us, at least up front we do have quality and is not an area that you would consider a priority.
But there is no denying that Keown is spot on in his assessment of the situation.