Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is believed to have rejected a move to Saudi Arabian sides Al Hilal or Al Nassr, but could still leave Arsenal in the current window.
The Gabon international hasn’t featured for Arsenal since being dropped for his latest disciplinary breach in early December, being stripped of the captaincy and finding himself out of the playing squad since.
Auba was then released early for the AFCON, but contracted Coronavirus ahead of the tournament before heart lesions were found after that, and he has since returned to north London for medical checks.
The forward has since been cleared for action, and was linked with a move to Saudi Arabia, where clubs were believed to be willing to cover his salary in full if they could take him on loan, but the Telegraph insists that he has no interest in such a move.
The same report adds that there is six clubs in Europe that hold an interest this month however, but claims that none are likely to meet the entirety of his wage demands.
While it may make sense for the decorum of the squad to offload Auba, who clearly has upset the manager at the very least, without a replacement we would be leaving ourselves extremely tight on numbers in attack.
We also have the issue of both Lacazette and Nketiah being into the final six months of their own contracts, which adds further distraction to the pair, but if we can sign a strong striker than we may as well allow PEA to leave, as long as a substantial chunk of his wage is covered of course.
Have Arsenal missed Auba over the last 4-5 weeks? Can we afford to let him go without a replacement being signed?
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This will end up:
– deadline day deal for Auba
– loan, no obligation or option to buy obviously
– covering max 50% of wages
– next summer Arsenal terminates Auba’s contract
– not a single fee received
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My humble opinion is that Auba is a system player, hence his struggles.
1. Wenger’s system of play he tied for the Golden boot.
2. Emery’s system he missed Golden boot to Vardy by 1 goal.
3. Arteta’s system a decline in productivity and invisible on the score sheet.
If Auba plays in a system that is direct and attacks, it suits his skill set. I don’t believe a new striker will solve the scoring issues. I think it’s an issue with the system and a weak midfield which limits service and reduces creating chances.
Fdwc@Durand, you right, we need agile midfielders like Bernardo Silva, Mc guin, Renato Sanchez, Rafinahna .
Arteta must have other options if Vlahovic doesn’t come through, else he risk European spot next season.
” CAN WE AFFORD TO LET HIM GO WITHOUT A REPLACEMENT BEING SIGNED?”
MY VIEW IS THAT WE CANNOT AFFORD NOT TO LET HIM GO.
AND I DO NOT MEAN JUST IN MONEY BUT IN LACK OF PERSONAL COMMITMENT.
No team with real ambition can EVER afford to have non tryers like Auba, and before him Ozil and Walcott,hanging around like a bad smell.