Paul Ince weighs in on the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang debate

Manchester United legend Paul Ince tells Arsenal what they have to do about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Paul Ince has told Arsenal that they must keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at all cost despite his miss against Olympiacos.

Auba scored a stunning goal to put Arsenal into the aggregate lead in the game, but the visitors scored again and the former Borussia Dortmund man missed a sitter right at the death.

His goal against the Greeks makes it 20 goals in all competitions for him this season and he remains the club’s most reliable goal-getter.

He has just a season left on his current deal when this campaign ends and Arsenal has been struggling to get him to sign a new deal.

The attacker wants to win more trophies and a move to a team that has Champions League football could appeal to him, but Arsenal want him to stay and Ince claims that they have to pull out all the stops to keep him at the Emirates.

He said, as quoted in Football London: “When I look at their defence, I think he needs at least two transfer windows,” “But he [Mikel Arteta] needs to keep hold of Aubameyang, that’s a must.”

Arsenal has plans to make several signings when the next transfer window opens, but they would not want to lose their top scorer.

One can only imagine the situation Arsenal would be in now if it was not for Aubameyang’s goals and if they do lose him in the summer then next season will be a very testing one inded.


  1. Give Auba what he wants to stay but no UCL I can understand him wanting to leave especially with a year left on his contract. His goals are the difference in this team and thats a fact.

    (Cabellos back to Madrid – loan)

    Replace with;
    I’d buy Jack Grealish to replace Ozil.
    Martinelli & Eddie can fill Laca void.
    Soares will come on a free for RB.

    Just make sure Auba stays and goes up top where he should be with Pepe and another winger along side him.

    Just a thought as we do need a clear out and with our annual loss this year (-£29m) and no UCL we need some of the big earners gone in Xhaka, ozil, laca and the CBs who arnt playing like 100k+ a week stars. Plus some money for them too help buy these new players.

    Itll take 2 or 3 windows but needs to be done for the sake of the club.

  2. Despite his miss?? Sheesh, he scored a beauty… nobody else was going to score were they?!! All down to Auba again!
    I’m so gutted for him… all the goals he’s scored for us – he’s been absolutely superb from day one – I really don’t want him to leave.. but he’s getting on a bit now, could be his last chance for some major silverware… would I blame him if he was to leave? No, I’d be devastated, but he deserves more imo…. more than the one step forward and four steps back we keep dishing up!
    What a depressing day, out of Europe, all this talk of our annual loss… potentially losing our best player… omg what else?? 😖

  3. Sean, In my opinion Xhaka and Ozil are not going anywhere . Whilst I agree that the others you mentioned will more than likely depart, I think the total sum we would realistically get for them would not buy Grealish or someone of his class. The more disturbing thing is the projected loss which you mention. That coupled with “pay by installments” that we reportedly use to buy player of late, make me think that there will be very little in the kitty for the summer window. All in all it looks like, regardless of the fans desire for Auba to stay, In my opinion , unless his salary demands are reasonable (£200k+) and he genuinely wants to stay he will move on. Don’t forget the board said that another Sanchez situation would not happen again and players who did not agree new contracts would be sold.

  4. The current set up of Arsenal will not win anything in near future. So how long will Aubameyang stick around?
    It is not easy for any top striker to score all the goals more than one in a match that changed quickly from a formality match to anxiety and pressure that a loss was actually coming. Under such conditions, the best Arsenal striker never rose to that performance.
    It is sad that scoring chances are no consistent and in enough volume. But the team need to revisit its DNA, where defender could save the day, where midfielders ; one would score as much as 8 , another scores 6, another 4 and are very efficient in getting assists.

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