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5 reasons why selling Aubameyang makes perfect sense for Arsenal

The stories doing the rounds about various Chinese clubs lining up a big money move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are likely to be no more than click bait at the moment.

Aubameyang was reportedly in talks with Arsenal to add an extra year to his contract – taking it from 2 years left to 3 – and at the same time increasing his £180,000 a week salary closer to £250,000. The stories may well also be getting leaked by his agent, who is trying to force Arsenal’s hand in negotiations.

Chinese clubs have attempted to sign Aubameyang in the past.

Whilst at Dortmund, a £62million move to Guangzhou Evergrande fell through; and Tianjin Quanjian had agreed to pay Dortmund £71m for Aubameyang six months prior to his eventual move to Arsenal.

£300,000 a week is reportedly on the table from Shanghai SIPG, a figure would be very tempting for Aubameyang.

Cashing in may well also interest Arsenal, especially if a bid north of £70million comes in for last seasons Premier League Golden Boot winner.

There are 5 good reasons why Arsenal should cash in on Aubameyang if the right offer comes in

  1. Aubameyang is reaching 30. With 2 years left on his contract this summer is the last opportunity where we can sell for big money and reinvest.


  1. In Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal have a world class striker ready to step up. This means the money raised from Aubameyang can be re-invested elsewhere in the starting XI, rebalancing a top heavy squad.


  1. £70m would be more than enough to buy someone like Nicolas Pepe; and have enough change to sign a striker to sit between Lacazette and Nketiah.


  1. Liverpool have shown in recent years how important it is to sell at the right time, for the right price, and reinvest. Even if that means selling your best player. You strengthen the team by selling an individual.


  1. Too often we have kept hold of ageing players 1 season too long, selling them a year after for a lot less money – Vieira, Sanchez, Henry and RVP could have generated £200m in sales. We kept them one year extra and they raised less than £50m – missing out on the likes of Torres, Saurez and Salah in the process.

At the moment Arsenal have 2 top class strikers but do not have the creativity to get the ball to him (sorry Ozil fans!).

It makes a lot of sense to sell one of Aubameyang or Lacazette and reinvest that into a top class wide man like Pepe.

Some will put an argument of Aubameyang being kept and Lacazette being sold, but the key is age.

Lacazette is 2-years younger than Aubameyang. He has more years left in the tank. If the Frenchman was sold, in 2 years time you would be in a situation where you need to spend £50million to replace Aubameyang (the argument that Nketiah might be ready to step up then is too much of a risk).

By keeping Lacazette, it keeps time on our side. We can continue investing elsewhere in the team knowing that he will be around for another 4 years.

Reinvestment is a risk.

As much as you might end up with Sadio Mane, Firmino and Mo Salah, you could also end up with Divock Origi, Lazar Marković and Adam Lallana.

I think selling Aubameyang and reinvesting the money is worth the risk…


Arsenal finish 5th after frustrating season

A frustrating finish to a frustrating season.

Unai Emery’s first season has certainly been one of two halves. After 2 defeats in the opening two games, the side then went on an incredible unbeaten run where perhaps the positive results betrayed some average performances.

After a tough winter, the side got back on track with 5 Premier League wins in 6 games; closing a 10 point gap from Spurs to be ahead.

As fans began to do their calculations of what we would need to finish not only in 4th place, but above Spurs in 3rd, the side collapsed. 2 wins in the last 7 games saw the side eventually slip to 5th place, just 1 point behind Tottenham and Champions League football next season.

Finishing a point behind that lot up the road has left a strange feeling amongst Arsenal fans. A big load if “ifs” “buts” and “maybes”.

What if Aubameyang scored that 90th minute penalty?
What if we did not collapse against Crystal Palace?
What if we beat Brighton at home?

Aubameyang has taken a bit of stick overnight from Arsenal fans for that penalty loss. This just shows the reactionary idiots amongst our fan base. It was not his fault we finished behind Tottenham. It was the entire teams fault as we were not good enough over 38 league games.

1 point from Crystal Palace and Brighton at home in the run-in is the biggest reason why we finished in 5th. Had we won both, we would have been 3rd. Had we won one, we would have been 4th.

But there is no point dwelling too much on the past, we must look to the future; and that future looks very bright.

Whilst it has not been an exceptional first season for Emery following Arsene Wenger’s departure, he has steadied what was a sinking ship.

Finishing with 7 points more than last season, a place higher and in a European Final; there is plenty to be positive about.

Liverpool finished 8th with 60 points in Jurgen Klopp’s first season
Tottenham finished 5th with 64 points in Mauricio Pochettino’s first season
Arsenal finished 5th with 70 points in Unai Emery’s first season

We are moving in the right direction with the right man, it will just take a couple of seasons to return us to title contenders; just like it has taken Klopp until his 4th season at Liverpool.

Over the summer Emery will have an opportunity to buy the players he wants, the players that will fit his system and way of playing.

The criticism of the Spaniard is that he has not really enforced a style of football on the team. Tactics and formations have been muddled with changes every single week. I excuse this with the fact that he has first had to undo the mess that was left by Wenger, and next season he can build. This year he did not have enough players that he wanted, that he trusted.

Emery will have to establish what formation he wants to play. 4231 or 3412; and build the players around that.

Decisions on his formation could well see some surprising exits from the club. For example is Mesut Ozil suitable to play in a 1 behind the two – as that formation relies on an Aaron Ramsey like 10 who can run between the two strikers and get goals.

If we opt for 1 up top, can we accommodate Premier League top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette?

Sokratis Holding CB
Bellerin Xhaka Torreira Kolasinac
Aubameyang Lacazette

Bellerin Sokratis CB Kolasinac
Xhaka Torreira
Winger Ozil Winger

In a couple of weeks time we face Chelsea in Baku. Lifting the Europa League will make it a successful first season for Unai Emery.

Whilst the clubs have only received 6,000 tickets each, the feeling is due to transport issues anyone who wants a ticket will get one – so instead of moaning about how few tickets we get, investigate your transport options. That is clearly the bigger issue.

2018/19 has been a frustrating season.

Win our last game and the frustration will dissipate.


The non-story of Arsenal players ” dangerous nitrous oxide binge”

So Arsenal made the front pages today with news that Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi and others were filmed inhaling nitrous oxide in a club back in August.

I really do not care.

Anyone that has ever taken nitrous oxide (which the press sensationally label “hippy crack” and the rest of us “balloons”) will know that it is pretty much harmless.

Some state that it “could lead to death” due to lack of oxygen, but there has never been a single reported case of someone dying after inhaling a balloon. Crossing the could lead to death. Getting on the Central Line at 6pm could lead to death.

Out of all of the “highs” that are out there – from drink to drugs – balloons are the least damaging on your body. In fact, beyond the couple of minute head rush you get due to lack of oxygen, there is no evidence that they do any damage to you.

Balloons have become some players “drug” of choice due to how little impact it has on the body.

I would much rather my players do a couple of balloons on a night rather than drink alcohol until they pass out, take drugs, or smoke. Even Red Bull is more dangerous then balloons.

Recently players (most notable of Leicester) have been caught chewing snus (a tobacco product illegal to buy in the UK). This gives a small high and an energy boost, and can cause serious gum and mouth damage  and potential mouth cancer. Snus is a bigger issue amongst footballers than balloons.

The incident happened in August. The bar owner has sat on footage since then, before selling it to the papers. I wonder how selling this sort of thing to the papers infringes GDRP these days? Especially as the consumption of nitrous oxide is not a criminal act.

What the bar owner has done is shot himself in the foot.

No footballer or other celebrity will ever hire or visit his establishment again knowing that what they do inside is not private. That the owner or member of staff is willing to sell CCTV images to the papers for a few thousand.

If it is the owner who sold the CCTV, the hope is Tape London loses enough business from this privacy infringement that it soon has to shut down. It it was a member of staff, they should be prosecuted by Tape London to the full extent of the law.

I think what is for certain is that stories like these will not get the national condemnation and criticism that the papers expected. Most fans will side with my opinion. That the players did little wrong and the bar should be ashamed of themselves.

Even Absolute radio are laughing this morning about the “danger binge on nitrous oxide”.

A final thought on this.

In Paul Merson’s fabulous book How Not to Be a Professional Footballer, he talks a lot about the boozy days of the late 80s & early 90s, and how he is glad smart phones were not about then. He talks about doing cocaine in a black cab, and being carried out of bars, pubs and clubs battered. People were decent back then and would not sell a story to a paper. These days, scumbags like the owners of Tape London are willing to sell anyone out for a bit of money.

In other news, I have seen some say that Lucas Torreira needs a rest.

He has only started 10 league games. Played 1200 minutes in all competitions. He has not been over played. Also he is on 4 yellow cards; so he will get a natural break sooner rather than later.

I am sure the clubs fitness staff will have the data and be able to spot when his performances dip physically. When his muscles are on the verge of breaking down.

With the busy Christmas period coming up, every player will be rotated in and out. Torreira’s will come naturally when he picks up the 5th yellow card of the season.

There is no point resting him for a game, for him to then get booked on his returne causing him to miss another game.

Enjoy the wet Friday. We return tomorrow against Huddersfield.