Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s agent has reportedly contacted Barcelona about a possible January move with Arsenal said to be less than impressed with the forward.
It’s no lie to say that many Arsenal fans are a little fed up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Watching the youth and energy in the rest of the team, at times it can feel like the side are playing with an OAP up front.
Last season, in what were, admittedly, extreme circumstances, including picking up malaria, Auba returned his worst goal tally since he turned professional.
This season, he has seven goals and two assists in 14 games which is not too shabby, but with only four in the Premier League and Arsenal struggling for goals, the focus has turned to the club captain.
Against United he played just 14 accurate passes (Aaron Ramsdale played 18) and he yet again missed another effort he should be tucking away.
Diariogol, who aren’t the most reliable of outlets, but who sometimes do get a story, claim that Arteta’s patience has run out with Auba and that Arsenal want to shift him in January, when he will be off at AFCON.
They write, via Google translate, “The Spanish coach considers that the 32-year-old striker does not contribute anything on the field of play, and that he is a very toxic person for the locker room.
“For this reason, he has asked the ‘Gunner’ board to find a way out for him, and try to get some money from his sale.
“‘Auba’ is also packing his bags, just four years after his arrival in London.
“They promised him that they would win titles, and that they would play the Champions League, but it has never been like that.
“He feels cheated, and thinks that they have not known how to value him either. He does not want to retire at the Emirates Stadium, and hopes to go to another team where he can win more trophies, and increase his record.
“And one of the clubs that Aubameyang has been offered to is Barça. He is aware that they are looking for a forward for the next winter market, and his agent has not hesitated to call Joan Laporta.”
Barcelona, the Spanish publication write, would be interested if the price was low enough.
Aubameyang is under contract until 2023 and is currently valued at around £22m.