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Arsenal are at risk of history repeating itself

mirror: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s star man – but the question is how long for?

The Gabonese striker was comfortably their top goalscorer with 22 goals during a below-par campaign for Mikel Arteta’s men.

He also broke Thierry Henry’s record as quickest to 50 goals for the Gunners in the latter stages of the campaign.

But Aubameyang’s future remains unclear with his contract situation taking a fresh twist.

According to The Athletic, Arsenal ’s situation is more favourable than first thought, with the club holding an extension clause in his deal, which expires in 2021.

But the Gunners, who are trying to tie down Aubameyang to a new deal, are resisting triggering that clause.

One of the reasons they are hesitant is due to the financial strain it would cause as they aim to agree a more favourable deal.

But Aubameyang himself has reportedly been keen to get his future resolved as a lengthy saga rumbles on – and playing hardball over the price leaves Arsenal at risk of history repeating itself.

They were unable to convince Thierry Henry to stay at the club in 2006, whilst Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor were amongst a host of high-profile players to jump ship for more lucrative opportunities a few years later.

Arsenal have a track record of being unable to keep their top talent from the clutches of Europe’s richest clubs.

If they are unwilling to pay Aubameyang top dollar, then they are in serious danger of losing their talisman again at a time when they can ill-afford to lose any more talent.

Former Gunners striker Jeremie Aliadiere recently blasted Arsenal’s “crazy” strategy which has often left them in a vulnerable position to lose their stars.

“What you need to do is just build and the problem is, we don’t build,” he told Goal. “We buy a player, but he’s going to get sold two years later or go on a free transfer four years later and then you have to replace him.

“So you are going in a circle all the time. You need to build with players you are going to keep for six, seven, eight years. Then you get less turnover all the time and you’re not always trying to find someone who will be as good as the player you’ve just lost.

“If you are not doing that, it just never feels like you are building. It feels like you are just going year by year.

“People will say Auba is a top player and we’ve got all his goals if we keep him. Yeah, I get that, I totally understand that. But how can you build a club or a team if you keep doing that?

“By playing year by year and trying to keep your top player just for an extra season, you end up losing him a year later and you lose money. I just don’t think that is smart business you know?

“It’s things like this that upsets fans. This is how fans turn against the club. It’s because they feel it’s not right.

“You can’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again. It’s crazy. How many top players are we going to keep losing on a free, or on very lower transfer fees? You just feel disappointed about it.”

Source: Published by mirror

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Chisom Charles
Chisom Charles
9 days ago

Nice one

Chidimma queen
Chidimma queen
9 days ago

Wow really

Chidimma queen
Chidimma queen
9 days ago

Wow 😮

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
9 days ago

Interesting

Abdulkadri Ayodeji
Abdulkadri Ayodeji
9 days ago

The coach is confident he will stay

AdeyemI Sunday
AdeyemI Sunday
9 days ago

he needs to move on

Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
9 days ago

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Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
9 days ago

Its a good one

Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
9 days ago

Arsenal need to keep hold of Aubameyang

Okafor stella
Okafor stella
9 days ago

Lovely

Okomor Allen
Okomor Allen
8 days ago

I don’t like arsenal transfer policy

Okomor Allen
Okomor Allen
8 days ago

Bad transfer policy

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
8 days ago

It can’t be

Odudu eseoghene
Odudu eseoghene
8 days ago

Better to keep him

Ayuba Dong Yakot
Ayuba Dong Yakot
8 days ago

Interesting!

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
8 days ago

Bad transfer ooooo

ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
8 days ago

Arsenal will lose Aubameyang on a free transfer

Ayomide Adanlawo
Ayomide Adanlawo
8 days ago

I hope Arsenal can keep him

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
8 days ago

Nice update

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
8 days ago

This is interesting

godwin emetu
godwin emetu
8 days ago

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Nice eze ngozi blessings
Nice eze ngozi blessings
8 days ago

Good one

Ezema paul
Ezema paul
8 days ago

Okay

Nwede Kingsley
Nwede Kingsley
8 days ago

Great talk

Adeyemo abraham
Adeyemo abraham
8 days ago

He’s going no where.

Anyaechem Benedict
Anyaechem Benedict
8 days ago

Arsenal should try and give him, a better contract

Isaac Akusuk
Isaac Akusuk
8 days ago

Up gunners

Daniel Simon
Daniel Simon
8 days ago

true words

Precious Oluwademilade Obasuyi
Precious Oluwademilade Obasuyi
7 days ago

they have always repeated history

Onyemechi Francis uche
Onyemechi Francis uche
7 days ago

Nice update

Lakubbe Eli Hamma
Lakubbe Eli Hamma
7 days ago

Nice update

ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
7 days ago

good update

NwakasiIkenna
NwakasiIkenna
7 days ago

This is indeed serious

Samuel aniedi
Samuel aniedi
7 days ago

Interesting

Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
6 days ago

Nice update

Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
6 days ago

Bad transfer policy indeed

David
David
6 days ago

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Andemah jairus
Andemah jairus
6 days ago

that’s great

ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
4 days ago

nice move