Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has finally moved to Barcelona after pulling out all stops and even flying to Spain to strike a deal over the line as Arsenal finally gave in and cut their losses.
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The fallout between the manager and the star player has been a long-standing feud.
It explains why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ready to go to extraordinary lengths to force a switch to Barcelona on the deadline date.
Aubameyang, 32, was coldly abandoned by Mikel Arteta after their last fall and, even with Arsenal Struggling to score, the manager would rather see his most prolific striker go on a free transfer than kiss and put on make-up.
Even Arsenal’s biggest fans certainly have to admit that Aubameyang has not been such a player since signing a three-year deal worth £350,000-a-week in September 2020.
Arteta was the one who really championed that deal, went to great lengths to get it done – and has probably regretted it ever since.
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The rifts in the relationship first became public in March 2021 when Arteta quit Aubameyang for the North London derby, citing “disciplinary reasons.”
Then the Gabon striker got stuck in traffic and it was far from the first time he was late but that was easier to deal with as Arsenal beat Tottenham.
Aubameyang also failed a UEFA test which disqualifies him for the Europa League while he also contracted malaria in April 2021 while on international duty which would certainly have been avoided had he been vaccinated. room.
He was one of the players who tested positive for Coronavirus at the start of the 2021/22 season that no one can be blamed for considering the outbreaks throughout the campaign.
But the sale flared up again after Arteta dropped Aubameyang in December 2021 after the striker reported being late after being allowed to fly to France to bring home his sick mother.
It’s split opinion among fans but it’s not the first – and it’s clearly the last chance as far as Arteta is concerned.
Arteta has received some criticism since taking charge in December 2019 but certainly no one can allow their captain, biggest star and highest-paid player to set an example. so bad. Aubameyang’s arbitrary flight to Barcelona was the ultimate humiliation.
In recent weeks, the Arsenal manager has been diplomatic in his replies about Aubameyang but the club and player already know it’s over.
But the problem is that when the team fails to score – they have scored just one in five games in January – leaving the club’s top-scoring striker on the bench, it seems Arteta has cut nose to cover the face.
Even worse, Arsenal took a long time in January to sign a replacement – but failed. No 1 target Dusan Vlahovic traveled from Fiorentina to Juventus while all other options did not happen.
Can’t see Arteta getting Aubameyang back into the fold. There is already too much water under the bridge. The fact that Arsenal were prepared to punish this transfer and end Aubameyang’s career at the Emirates tells you everything.
But if Aubameyang scores elsewhere Arsenal will struggle and end up missing out on a place in the top four or even worse a place in the top six it is a streak that Arteta will struggle to justify. bright.
These are tough times for Arteta. His contract expires in 2023. There is no rush to renew the club content to see how this season goes, remember they spent £160m last summer right now. even if this window doesn’t bring in any major signings.
But if Arsenal finish mid-range and Aubameyang haunts them, then Arteta will not receive much sympathy from the fans.