Will Arsenal have to finish the season without Aubameyang? UEFA need to reconsider

This dang coronavirus is causing unbelievable problems all over the world now, and although there is no end to the crisis in sight for the half of the civilized world that is in lockdown at the moment, there is also no end in sight for the Premier League 2019/20 season.

In any normal season, everything would be done and dusted by the end of May, and the clubs could then start planning their strategies in the transfer market to prepare for the following season. But not this summer, as it looks like the UEFA have now discounted that as a possibility, and the governing bodies are insisting that the Leagueโ€™s outstanding games will be played before we can start next season, no matter what.

This would be fine for teams that have no intention of making too many sales or purchases in the transfer window, but for Arsenal it raises some massive dilemmas, especially with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looking likely to be sold before he enters the final year of his contract, or Arsenal would risk him leaving for free the following summer.

UEFAโ€™s latest estimate is continuing the games in July, which with 9 League games and various Cups to be completed, means at least another 6 to 8 weeks games, so it could be September before it is all over. And then what?

We all know that the modern contracts give all the power to the players, and if a club tries to reduce the wages or default on terms, they are in breach of contract and the players could become free agents, so surely the transfer window and extensions of contracts must begin their new cycle in June. So where will this leave Aubameyang? Is there a scenario where Aubameyang could join, say, Man United, and play against Arsenal in the rescheduled end of season games?

This is a logistical nightmare for all the clubs, and UEFA could be complicating things even more by insisting that this season must end on the pitch. I think that UEFA need to sit back and reconsider, as I canโ€™t see any solution other than this particular season being ended before the transfer window starts in June.

Can anyone see a way out of this contractual mess? If so I would love to hear about itโ€ฆ

7 Comments

  1. jon fox says:

    At last , a pertinent and realistic article . Hurray! This welcome article at least fully acknowledges the huge effect that the disease is having on our game and our club. Listening then Patrick?

    My take , which I have been banging on about consistently and boring folks silly – assuming they are reading my posts , which mostly hardly anyone is of course – is that this season is over already and is a corpse which the corporate money lovers and grabbers will not accept is dead and still keep trying to give this long dead corpse the kiss of life; stupidly and in financial desperation. The REALITY of life and how things have changed will eventually hit them like a ton of bricks. The sensible realists anong us and there are many of us, have accepted that reality, though we don’t like it either. But in life, you either rail against perceived injustice OR you make the best of the situation you are in and stay in touch with reality.

    1. Admin Pat says:

      Jon, I am glad you DO actually enjoy some of our posts is reassuring, but please read my last response to your previous attack on JustArsenal….
      https://www.justarsenal.com/arsenal-one-step-closer-to-signing-premier-league-target/240740/comment-page-1#comment-1376370

      1. jon fox says:

        Pat, Just read your response and I thinki t best not to say in public what I really think of those comments you made. I would just add that on this whole subject you and I are on entirely different wavelengths with differing principles at stake.

    2. Angus says:

      It is not over and your total refusal to actually be realistic about this is utterly confusing to me. They will not cancel the season unless something very drastically changes. Despite your consistent rantings you never actual give any reason as to why the season is over. Just keep alluding to the fact it’s a fact, a reality, a rational thought whilst not actually stating any real reasons as to why just appeals to your own higher authority on the situation.

      1. jon fox says:

        Angus. You are mistaken, as I have several times stated exactly why the season cannot be completed . It is hardly my fault if you have missed my many comments! Scroll back to those threads if you are interested enough and you will then see.

      2. Tony says:

        Hahahahahahahaha…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚, Angus have been beating the same way you feel concerning his rants of Realist Realist Realist.

        Goddammit! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

  2. Gily says:

    No thanks to the corona disease for irreparable loses caused already, but whatever happens at the end of the day, it’s a relief the fact that Liverpool as good as they have been, lost some important matches just before the pandemic started. Otherwise no one would have been able to convince them that they didn’t go the whole season unbeaten.

    Our record remains undisputable, at least for this season.

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