Former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere has slammed the Gunners’ transfer strategy, insisting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang must now be sold this summer – even at a cut-price.
Aubameyang – who has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances since making his £56million arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 – has just one year left on his contract, with no agreement for an extension yet agreed.
Mikel Arteta has previously admitted Arsenal have been playing below the Gabon international’s high expectations, but insisted the club would do everything to help him feel fulfilled.
Aliadiere – who won the Premier League with the Gunners in 2004 – states Arsenal have to cash-in on their star forward while they can, however, claiming it’s Aubameyang who holds all the cards.
“They’ve got to sell him, 100 per cent,” Aliadiere told Goal.“Arsenal can’t keep losing players on a free. To be honest, I still can’t believe we’ve again got a top player, our captain, going into the summer only having one year left on his contract.
“For me, it has to be sorted when he gets to two years. Last summer he should have signed a deal or been sold. Because when you get down to one year left, in a player’s mind there is a difference.
“If I was Aubameyang and I knew I only had one year left, I would sacrifice one year of my career to go on a free and get paid a ridiculous amount of money and have all the clubs in the world chasing me. Who wouldn’t?”
Arsenal lost Aaron Ramsey to Juventus last summer; the Welshman joining the Italian giants on a free transfer after his contract expired, and Aliadiere believes his former side have not learnt their lesson.
“That’s why I just think it’s wrong management yet again,” The Frenchman added. “It should be sorted at two years. You should not let a player end up with a year left on his contract, especially a player like Aubameyang. It’s not right.
“I just think players are playing on it, they keep letting negotiations drag on and the next thing you know, he’s just got one year left.
“And now, how much are we going to sell him for with one year left? Arsenal are in the worst position you can imagine again because you’ve got a top quality player who assures you of 20-25 Premier League goals a season who is one year away from leaving on a free.
“Or, he gets sold to Barcelona or Real Madrid and for what? How much can you expect for him now? Nothing compared to what if you’d sold him last summer. They could have asked for £100million.”
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