I did not want Arsenal to offer a new deal to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
This is not me being Captain Hindsight.
Back in December 2019, I blogged that Arsenal should not be afraid to lose their star man for free.
He ended up getting his deal, and it has been a disaster since.
Anyone that followed his Borussia Dortmund career would know it was beset with disciplinary issues. The flights to Milan and Paris for parties. The tardiness to training.
These issues increased as his motivation to remain at Dortmund dwindled.
In November 2017, 2 months before he joined Arsenal, Aubameyang was dropped by Dortmund for disciplinary reasons.
The striker had been without a goal for 5 games and was being heavily linked with a move away. It is clear he no longer wanted to be at Dortmund.
Role on 4 years and it is deja vu.
Without a goal in 6 games, Mike Arteta dropped him for the second time due to disciplinary issues.
Unconfirmed rumours is he failed to turn up for training on Friday due to getting a new tattoo.
Regardless of the reason, failing to turn up to training the day before a game, with the team struggling for a bit of form, is unacceptable.
Aubameyang had been dropped due for the Everton game due to form.
He had been horrendous. A hinderance rather than the £250k star striker.
We had the missed penalties. The missed shots that were easier to score. Poking in others goal bound shots when in an offside position.
He was also contributing very little outside of goals.
For the 5 games he started where he did not score, he contributed nothing. Failing to get an assist in that time.
In his last 7 games in has 1 goal and 3 yellow cards.
The on and off pitch discipline problems and poor form all points to a player who no longer wants to be here. Whose head has turned abs he is looking for a way out.
At the very least, he should be stripped of the captaincy. Who takes the arm band is a discussion for another blog.
But I actually think he should never play for Arsenal again.
With 18 months to go on his £250k a week contract and turning 33 in June, there will not be a long queue for Aubameyang’s services. And this is the problem for Arsenal.
If we can not find a buyer for a player we do not want and does not want to be here, we are in another Mesut Ozil scenario.
Unable to move on, unable to invest funds into the position due to the money his salary is taking up.
Maybe Newcastle United will come in. Make him their stellar signing for January. Money for salaries won’t be an issue for them.
Barcelona are also desperate for a striker.
They have been linked with Edison Cavani in recent days. I am not sure what their financial restrictions are and whether that will block a deal.
If they are allowed to sign him, I can see maybe an 18-month loan deal being suitable for both parties.
Barcelona get the striker without a fee, Arsenal get the wages off their books.
And then there is China.
Before joining Arsenal he looked on the verge of disappearing into oblivion in the Far East.
It perhaps shows the motivation of the man that at 28-years-old he was pushing for a love to China.
Do they still have money out there? Are they still splashing the cash? I do not know.
Over the next few days we will discuss further the impact of Aubameyang leaving. But even if Arsenal do not get a transfer fee for him we can easily get in a replacement with a re jig of finances.
All I know is I am done with Aubameyang.
He was a great signing who scored the goals to take us to the FA Cup in 2020. But like at Dortmund, his ending is coming fast and bitter.
Aubameyang should never play for Arsenal again.