Arsenal would be justified in breaking their own new transfer policy

Arsenal should not stick rigidly to their transfer policy.

Next summer will be an important one for Arsenal with the Gunners set to make some key signings and it is also expected to be Mikel Arteta’s first major transfer window.

Apart from signing new players, Arsenal is expected to also sell some of their current squad to make funds available for Mikel Arteta to use in the transfer market.

One player who could leave next summer is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Arsenal captain is entering the final 12 months of his Arsenal deal when this season ends and he hasn’t shown any willingness to extend his current terms.

The board would ideally want to extend his stay and he remains one of the best scorers in the world, replacing him would also be a tall order.

However, Aubameyang seems to have his heart elsewhere as he looks to at least compete in the Champions League.

If the Gabonese attacker decides not to extend his stay beyond next summer, should Arsenal look for a buyer? I don’t think so.

If Arsenal is serious about challenging for the title or returning to the Champions League after next season, I think they have to keep hold of Aubameyang.

Even if they lose him for nothing after next season, if he manages to fire them back into the Champions League they would be justified in their action.

The clubs Transfer policy is supposedly not to allow that to happen but the cost of not getting back into the champions league continues to mount, it would almost certainly be a cheaper option to lose Aubameyang for free than to once again fail to qualify for Europe’s premier competition.

It is, of course, fraught with risk but one I think the club should take.

An article from Jacob B


  1. Lugdush says:

    If we can’t give him a new contract because he wants to leave, so we must sell him and look for a replacement. Se could have a very good team if se had sold Ozil, Sánchez and Ramsey for good money and use that money to buy good players, like liverpool did

  2. 350oz says:

    The board would sell him. We have debts from the last window (Pepe, Saliba) and next summer Arteta would want to sign players that fit in with his philosophy. This season we’ve seen how many teams fighting for limited spots. There is a big IF in keeping Auba. No chance the board, which is full of acute businessmen, will bet on that.

  3. Shakir says:

    Aubameyang is a great player,a goal scoring machine but he can be a hot target in the summer if he could continue his form.There are reports of him unwilling to extend his contract so if its true then its better to sell him even if we got champioms league because there are some key other areas we could invest the money on.

    Auba has his strengths and his weaknesses as every player does and he seems to be a key man to MA so whatever decisiin the coach takes i will back him.

  4. Reggie says:

    No way, as much as i dont want auba to go, we cant make the mistakes we have in the past and end up players leaving for ziltch. If he doesn’t want to stay we should not stop him, or anyone. It has damaged us greatly losing possible revenues off players , left us without that player and not a penny to show for it either. Get a fee for auba and reinvest.

  5. Durand says:

    The sanchez situation was an avoidable mess and self-inflected. We could have sold the player and reinvested the funds, but instead club opted for a swap that ended up being a mistake by us and united.

  6. SAGooner says:

    Similar situation as with RvP a few years back. Had Arsenal kept him, we MIGHT have won the EPL that season, but what is sure is that ManUtd would NOT have won it. If there is not a like-for-like player readily available, I say keep Auba. If the team then does well enough to play Champs league the following season, he might stay anyway.

    1. Reggie says:

      RVP didn’t want to play for us, he wanted out. I doubt we would have won the league with him, we didn’t the year before and we were slipping, he could see that. For him he did the right thing.

  7. AB says:

    We should not keep Auba. If the player is forced to stay and is not fully committed, then we neither get the performance, nor the money.

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