Report: Arsenal to resist Chinese interest in Auba

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According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal will resist the temptation to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to rumoured suitors from China and instead want to reward the striker with a new contract.

The 29-year-old ended the season with 31 goals in all competitions and with a share of the Premier League’s Golden Boot.

James Olley – a usually very reliable source for Gunners news – reports that we’re happy to make the Gabon international our second highest earner behind Mesut Ozil by giving him a raise on his £190,000 a week salary. He’d become the highest if the German were sold.

It’s hoped a wage increase, plus the big cash loyalty bonuses the striker already has in his current contract for completing seasons at the Emirates, will be enough to ward off interest from clubs with greater financial muscle, including Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG.

It’s also said that we’re willing to give Alex Lacazette, voted Arsenal’s player of the season, a wage increase of his own.

 

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goonero
goonero

The more I think about this the more I worry we replicate the Ozil Sanchez fiasco with Auba and Laca…so I’m going to stop thinking about it and anything Arsenal squad related altogether and leave the stewing in uncertainty to blog’s and James!

C.B.
C.B.

98+% of transfer rumours don’t happen. Most are a waste of time to follow including, I suspect, this one (potentially driven by Auba’s agent wanting a pay rise).

Best to take a rest over the summer, recharge our batteries and come back once we actually know what’s happened.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Anything near 60 million and we just have to take it. We won’t get that money again and if our new transfer tactic is to follow the Liverpool / Sp*rs approach, we have to sell our assets before they become worthless.

By next season’s window Aubameyang will be 30 with one year left. We don’t get shit for him then.

goonero
goonero

Who am I kidding? I’m an addict 😔 I’ll be here F5ing any and every chance I get…

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Makes sense, Auba and Lacazette were among our best players this season and we have a lot more deadwood to offload before we lose those two. Selling Aubameyang also raises the obvious question of how do we replace those goals. IMO losing him only makes sense if we can replace him with someone in the mould of Salah or Hazard (or the Sanchez of a few years ago), which is tough to do when you’re stuck in the Europa League!

karl
karl

I’d still be up for selling one of our two strikers if the money was right. Bringing in a true goalscoring wide forward and using just one central striker would benefit the team if we could sort out the defence.

All season the team was imbalanced and Emery constantly changed shape trying to accommodate all the best players.

Jim2wheels
Jim2wheels

I agree in the principle of that, but it’s the intangibles if squad dynamics/moral that come into play here. Unlike Sanchez, and to a lesser extent Ozil, our two forwards are very popular squad members.

karl
karl

Good point, but something radical needs to change and we are not so lucky as to find someone buying an unwanted player for £140m like Coutinho.

It would be depressing to repeat last season because we are not willing to make some tough decisions.

Geefive
Geefive

I certainly hope we lock both our forwards down. Those two are the biggest cogs in the Arsenal machine right now. To lose one would hurt any progress this team needs for the coming year.

Thomas b
Thomas b

I think I would sell if the offer was great. Auba is turning 30,and his main asset is his speed. I guess he will have 2 more years at top lvl, after that we won’t get alot of money from any sale, and he will still be a big earner in our club.

We could possibly get two class players in their early twenties from a sale, and these players might even raise their value and get better, the opposit will happen to Aubamayang.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy, but it buisness and long term thinking that will benefit our club…

Martin
Martin

How any true fan can remotely suggest selling our best striker is astonishing

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Well, I will just come out and say it. I think he os a bit overrated. We should cash in while we can

Lula
Lula

chill.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Who would those two class players be and would they come here? I’m just thinking that a bird in hand might be better than two in the bush!

Thomas b
Thomas b

You could probably get ismaila sarr for around 30m and Leon Bailey is valued around 35m.two wingers who are young and already better than what we have been using there lately.
If we got one of these, we could spend the rest on a sentral midfielder,. I want Reiss Nelson to get a chance next season, so buying two wingers might be overkill.

Ad-O
Ad-O

Exactly. If we dont make tough decisions we wont be going anywhere. People need to stop thinking about individual players and start thinking about how to improve the team and the club.

gunner17
gunner17

can we talk about how much he HIDES during games? how ANONYMOUS he is against decent teams? how he contributes NOTHING to build-up play, how unbelievably PROFLIGATE he is, wasting chance after chance? or how the goals that he does score rarely make the difference in a game?

i’m grateful for the goals he has scored, but he is absolutely not worth a raise or an expensive extension…especially at his age

honestly if we sold him for £80m+ this summer and spent £60m on Zaha, I’d be much happier…we’d score a bit less but our front line would actually fight to make things happen during matches

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Agree with you apart from the Zaha bit..he is a bit overrated too

gunner17
gunner17

he is overrated but he is PHYSICAL at least…he adds a dimension we’re sorely lacking

Huss
Huss

I say this with great admiration for both players – I feel like it’s a bad idea to be paying them both. Pick one and sell the other. As much as I love them, it seems a bit mental that a team with as many holes as the Arsenal is going to go all-in for their two strikers when the rest of our team is a sinking ship.

I get why we shouldn’t – they’re literally all of our goals, so why create more problems by selling? Well, that’s where we have to trust the technical and scouting staff at some point. Most of the big clubs plays with a 1 striker system, and if we make the right buys and improve our athleticism and dribbling across the pitch maybe we’ll start seeing goals scored from other sources. Chelsea exposed our biggest weaknesses – we’re slow footed and we can’t beat anyone off the dribble. We currently don’t have enough funds to fix that. By selling one of them (and maybe a Xhaka+Mustafi+Kola), we can finally field a team that isn’t constantly run off the pitch by younger, faster, PL teams.

I don’t want to lose either player, I love them both and they’re great pals, but at some point Arsenal have to be ruthless with their squad building. Lacazette is a hot commodity and a lot of big clubs need a true #9 right now. He’s at the peak of his powers and we can probably gouge a club like Barca/Atleti for at least 70-80m euros. Are we willing to be ambitious or sentimental? Management’s answer to that question will probably set the course for the next 3-5 years at the club.

Lettra
Lettra

Look Arsenal as a club are in huge deep f*’ckin hole. See Lacazette and Auba as our two shovels now we need to get more guys into the hole to help us shovel out .. Wait this doesn’t makes sense ..

Ok so imagine Arsenals as a club are a sinking boat Lacazette and Auba are two shovels in this scenario as well now we need to get in guys to use those shovels so that we can float until we reach land (see ‘land’ as a metaphor for ‘trophy’ or ‘the Championsleague’ or whatever gets you going) . So do you sell your fucking shovel to the boat beside you so that one of their cunts can come help you shovel water out.

I mean what i’ve written makes little sense .. But it still makes more sense than you wanting to sell the only thing that’s good about this team.

Huss
Huss

The only two good things about this team are constantly cut off from the rest of our team because opponents know there’s literally nothing else to worry about in our underwhelming squad.

Where do you propose we raise the funds for the CBs, FBs, and midfielders we desperately need?

To use your analogy, the water is pouring into this ship even with those 2 in the squad. By selling one, you’re giving yourself a chance to recruit the extra hands we cannot afford otherwise. We’re just going to be stuck with two in the current set up, and their value doesn’t get better from here.

Futsboller
Futsboller

There would be very little reason for people to watch Arsenal around the world if we sold our two best players. If Arsenal have any hope of being a competitive team again in the next three years, we have to build around this strike force. We need Emery to develop a sturdy, attacking system that controls the football in the midfield and gives us more than one option to get the ball to the forwards. It really shouldn’t be that complicated. If we spend wisely on a few players, we can then bring in the new blood from our academy. Fans would love to see more youth in the lineup, and wouldn’t Nelson be in heaven to play alongside Auba and Laca (especially if, somehow, Ozil was back to his best and stringing the bow).

Lettra
Lettra

I’m actually in near total agreement with you , regarding their isolation up front but i don’t agree with your solution.

To stick with the metaphors .. i’m going with ‘child labor ‘ Buy young exciting and athletic and promote the same kind from the academy. Bit of a risk yes but your solution is risky as well except you know for sure that you are on WC striker short with your solution. With mine we take the risk and keep them around.

We will never be able to attract that kinda talent again if we let them go there aren’t too many strikers of that caliber available anyway but if there were they wouldn’t be looking to join us where we are right now.

Huss
Huss

Fair enough! I can definitely see your point, my friend.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Do you mean “buckets” bailing out the boat rather than “shovels”? Also, are you Rambling Pete’s nephew? 🙂

Man Manny
Man Manny

“Lacazette is a hot commodity and a lot of big clubs need a true #9 right now. He is at the peak of his powers…”
What is the ambition in selling a striker who is at the peak of his powers? A player you believe can fit into Barca and Atletico. That would spell unambition.
I think our strikefore should remain. We can get our defence, midfield and attack right without having to sell them.
Your opinion reminds me of the years we let Fabregas, Nasri, Flamini, Van Persie et al, go. We got other players in but the quality deteriorated wirh every sale or departure.

Huss
Huss

I wish I could believe you, brother, but we live in a world where players like Pepe and Zaha are valued at 60m and an 18 year old CB at St Etienne with 15 starts under his belt would cost us 25. It’s madness out there.

We’re paying dearly for the follies of Mustafi, Xhaka, etc. and not selling Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis. Arsenal are about 30 pts off the best team in the Prem at the moment. By the time we can compete again, Laca will be over 30.

Guendouzi, Torreira, and Bellerin are pretty much the only other players at the club with re-sale value, but significantly less so than our two strikers. Our owner is a dung beetle. Unless our academy is ready to prove historically successful, there aren’t many other ways to significantly improve this squad.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Definitely keep Laca unless silly money on offer. But Auba, i.d let him go and reinvest

Lettra
Lettra

There is one scenario were I’d be ok with it and that’s if they payed us a ridiculous amount 70-80m is his worth so I wouldnt to me he looks athletic and lean enough to deliver way longer than the average guy and if he does his age will scare of suitors while our medical team will have the data to assure us .

Maniac

Completely disagree. That is the mindset of a team that has already admitted defeat. You do not rebuild a team by getting rid of the established talent that you know performs well, in order to fund a rolling of the dice on untested alternatives. Too many times have we done this, feeding other clubs our best players and bringing in new ones in the hope that they’ll perform to the same standard for a fraction of the price. It’s all nice thinking about who we could buy if we had a bit of extra cash, but let’s be realistic – not everyone we bring in will perform to the level we expect from them and is it really worth sacrificing one of our two best players in order to find that out? You have to ask yourself how we managed to end up with so much deadwood in the squad in the first place and, deep down, do you really believe the club is able to identify and attract the talent we need? I know for certain that I don’t.

Ad-O
Ad-O

100% agree with Huss, although I’d sell Auba for 60M instead of Laca.
The fact of the matter is we have 2 saleable assets. They are very good players but despite that the team is garbage anyway. We’ve just witnessed what the current team can do with those guys in it, and I have no idea why people think it would be any different next season.
So let’s just say we keep both. We know we cant get decent money for anyone else so we bring in a few kids and a few has beens, and go again next season. By May, Auba wins the Golden boot but we’re still in 6th and still an embarrassing banter club. But our assets have depreciated 1 year and we are in exactly the same position as now but with less money to rectify the situation.
Keeping to the analogy, if Arsenal is a boat taking water then the ship is going down. No ifs, no buts. No amount of bailing out water is going to keep it afloat. We need to get on the life raft, let the old boat sink, and come back with a better one. Our only life raft is selling Auba but people are refusing to sell like people refused to sell Ozil, Ramsey, Sanchez.
It’s not smart guys. This squad needs major surgery. Auba was bought as a last chance saloon fudge by Wenger to get us in the Champions League and it failed. Hes not part of building for the future and as such is 100% expendable.

Santori
Santori

We should not be selling either striker.

It will send a very bad message to the entire squad, the gaffer and the other striker as to how we see ourselves.

This is a very critical juncture for Arsenal.

As much as some people were clamouring for Arsene’s exit ‘at all cost’ and then bleated about giving the new gaffer 2 to 3 seasons to get back into CL, we already see how hollow these pronouncements were.

Worse the club lacks direction.

In Wenger and Gazidis, you had at least two leaders that had the best interest of the club.

They gave concise direction as to how they wanted to see the club grow.

I’ think currently we are in precarious predicament.

There is somewhat of a power struggle, no leader ship from an owner who frankly has too many other sporting franchises to suggest he is significantly invested in the success of the Arsenal.

But Raul seems to also want to be in control of things (If the Edu rumours are correct) and Vinai lacks sufficient clout.

Neither seem to be working in concerted effort with the manager nor did Mslintat with either Unai or Wenger before.

What we see instead is a very dissipated effort.

We have yet to see a Technical Director appointed. This could (SHOULD) have been done way before the end of season let alone the Europa finals.

If we don’t find someone with sufficient experience to scour for and bring deals across the line, we are setting ourselves up for a potential further downward spiral.

As bad as it has been, it can be worse, we are not too big to fail.

If we bring in someone convenient to Raul’s control instead of the experience we truly need in market because we are penny pinching in this department, we will live to regret it.

Worrying times.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Santori, i.m sorry friend, but you are worryingly delusional. Weger and Gazidis direction and leadership?? Holy shit. Stick to promoting Mustafi for the Ballon D’Or

Francesc
Francesc

OMG. Please dont do this.. auba is not going to take us anywhere.. he is just another ozil.. just a bit more lovable coz of that beaming smile..

But he is another luxury player we got..

Otherwise how can you explain having a 30+ goal striker and still managing to have a dismal season?

It’s because his goals have come mostly when we have already won the games. plus he rarely scores in big games

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

Did you just compare the joint Golden Boot winner who puts incredible effort forward 100% of the time to Ozil?

I seem to recall Auba scoring against Manure (I know, not a big team), a brace against Sp*rs, and a hat trick against Valencia and another goal in the reverse fixture. Salah, for example, scored one against us, one against Chelsea, and then his big goal against Sp*rs in the CL Final.

Francesc
Francesc

Ok that brace against Sp*rs, granted. But the really big games this season were not against the big teams, those were the away games against the so called smaller teams. And I don’t recall him doing us any favours in these away games. He did his but in the last game against Burnley away but that was again a low stakes game, in which he flourishes.

Santori
Santori

Extra wages on some of our better performers may mean Ozil or Mhkitaryan have to go.

The German’s pay package does not match what he delivers for the team.

His sullen and slow walking off the pitch in the finals said it all as well.

I don’t think we can change the fact that he is a glass half full sort of personality and certainly not the type of player to pull you up by the scruff of the neck when the going is bad.

BUT finding someone to buy him and pay his wages of course is the other issue.

Remember we can’t even sell the useless Jenkinson and mediocre Elneny.

Who wants to pay for Ozil?

Not so easy.

Obele Joseph Jnr
Obele Joseph Jnr

This is not happening guys, so lets keep our cool. Auba has much love for Arsenal and his bond with Laca is more than any cash these Asian giants could possibly offer.
We Are The Arsenal!

Tungor_Adams
Tungor_Adams

Lets not let the özil saga influense or spill over on players that actuallly deliver. Cut the ropes with özil and tie up laca & auba pls

roastimbou27
roastimbou27

I seriously think we’d be foolish not to consider offers for this guy.

Yes, he scores goals, and obviously a valuable commodity, but if a club were to stump up 70 million for him I would take it in a heart beat. He is 29, and, in my opinion, nowhere near prolific enough.

Bar Spurs at home and the two Valencia legs, his performances were never actually that impressive. He wins nothing in the air, and Emery always leaves him on when we were protecting a lead, despite the fact that his hold up play is non existent, and elite level defenders are more and more adept at reading pacey players. He also should’ve won that golden boot by about ten, given the colossal amount of sitters he screws wide or over. When we needed him most, 6 yards out against Brighton, he fluffed it.

I like him, and I like how popular and jovial he is, but he has never made it at the elite level, despite his best attributes because of a number of flaws in his game.

Futsboller
Futsboller

He joint-won the Golden Boot this year. There wasn’t anyone more prolific than him in the PL, and he played on a team that can barely find its way going forward these days. I don’t understand the mindset of some people.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

This. Exactly. Take the money

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Arsenal showing some cojones I guess. Take note, Troy.

Jomki

Good to hear that

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

I think the question should be can our Arsenal afford to have two world class strikers whilst the rest of the team needs serious investment.

Crank
Crank

Sell them both neither did enough when it mattered.Europe league final I forgot they were even playing.no point having two decent strikers when there is no creativity in the midfield.
Might aswell sell the best this year and play the young up and coming talent.there hungrier with more desire than the showboats upfront.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

Makes sense to me. The only 2 players we have who would get a run at any of the other rivals in the EPL… and they do perform for us most of the time.
The forwards are not the problem at this club, they are scoring goals.

Matias
Matias

I’ve read that they’re talking about an offer around 80 million. I mean, for that money, hell yeah. The squad lacks depth and in some cases even a good starter. We have two great strikers, I love both of them and in the ideal scenario I want them to stay, but we’re far from an ideal place. 40 Million budget is not near enough, we need more money, and the only position that we have two good players is the striker one, so if that’s the money that is on the table for us, he needs to go so we can add players in other positios of actual quality

Con
Con

Will they take Ozil and Micky instead?

Der Kaiser
Der Kaiser

Maybe I’m naive but if any of these non- homegorown foreign multi millionaire players wants to leave ti just get more money just let then go. I want players to play for Arsenal who truly care aboutbthe club. If I played fir Arsenal and I got £100,000 a week I would never leave whatever others offered.

Lets fill the team with home grown talented youngsters who care for the club ( hopefully they at least do) then be patient. You can tel, the players who rsalise how lucky they are to high paid professional foitballers and the pri donas and playboys.

I reckon Tortiera cares. Ozil prima dona. Abu playboy ( notorious in Germany). You can tell Edfie N cates. Smith Rowe has head screwed on. Hopefully reiss nelson and willox have learnt from their misdemeanours.

Maybe we should try and name an 11 who we think have their head screwed on and care – e.g. Holding.

We may stuggle.

To be fair Pivh at Spurs has players with heads screwed on as does Klopp at Liverpool. Hendrrson may not be the best but hey he cares and gives 100 per cent. Contrast that with players like pogba at man ure

Sad inditment of whete money in football has taken us

assistantref
assistantref

It’s nonsense. Chinese clubs can’t sign anyone any more for big fees due to the new league rules with the penalty tax. They can pay big wages but not fees.

Lula
Lula

I’d entertain offers. I like Auba but from a financial perspective he is an asset with a limited shelf life. That said if we sold him we would need a big player to combine with Lacazette. So Fekir or someone like that? That at least would show Ozil his games are limited to… supposing he cares.

They’d have to make a ludicrous Coutinho-esque offer for me to think about it.

Obviously there are other things to prioritize and it would be foolish to accept big money now because other clubs would demand more for their players if they know we can pay. It might be interesting to see if you can get one or two more good seasons out of him and take a similar offer then if it is there.