According to a report in The Times (£), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has put contract talks with Arsenal on hold due to worries about the club’s competitiveness, and the fact that qualifying for the Champions League next season already looks like a slim possibility.

The 30 year old does not want to spend another season playing outside of Europe’s prestige competition, and with the Gunners lying 8th in the table having won just four their thirteen Premier League games this season, there are concerns about where we might finish and the direction of the club right now.

With head coach Unai Emery under huge pressure, there’s another layer of uncertainty, with the top scorer and captain unwilling to commit his future until the appointment of a new man.

Aubameyang has scored nine goals this season, eight in the Premier League and one in the Europa League, but he has just one in last seven appearances as Arsenal go through a period of dismal form.

The last domestic triumph came on October 6th, a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Emirates, while you have to back over a month for the last win in all competitions, the 3-2 win over Vitoria on October 24th.

There have also been reports that Barcelona are keeping an eye on the Aubameyang situation, and should Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions League and their interest is real, the club would have little choice but to cash in next summer.

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Kentmonkey
Kentmonkey

It’ll be fine. I’m sure Emery will just have a very positive conversation with him, and we’ll move the contract discussions on from this process into another.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Maybe show him a video, too.

Alex
Alex

He and Auba would take a vote on it. Reach an impasse. And Auba will neither sign nor not sign, remaining at the club and playing for free 🤷🏽

rugrat
rugrat

at arsenal he’s the captain of captains. dont know what more aubameyang or any top footballer could ask for!

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

There goes another captain. What’s that, 3 in 6 months?

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Fuck me, I haven’t felt this moderated since I took my a levels.

Can I have some more paper please?

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Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice

Every post of mine is moderated. No idea why.

Martin
Martin

He hasn’t gone yet. If we could bring in a top manager like Allegri the chances are he would stay

rugrat
rugrat

unai emery – the slayer of captains

InTheNorthBank
InTheNorthBank

Cannot blame the man. As things stand, he’s wasting precious years towards the end of his career.

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

We waited for so long for a striker of his quality, then when we get him we do this.

It’s like getting a Ferrari and then wearing muddy wellies in it.

Off you trot, Emery.

Heavy Gunner
Heavy Gunner

I bought a Lamborghini once,Don – turned out to be one of their tractors. Matched my muddy wellies perfectly!! Unai seems to be rather like some muddy wellies to me- ones that are a bit too small at that.

PeteyB
PeteyB

absolutely. Let’s hope this talk will put some pressure on those above to make a call.
It’s been quite clear for some time that he and Laca will have no motivation to sign on in the current climate, but its maybe easy for the owners to ignore worst case scenarios so long as they remain hypothetical… but it seems worst case scenarios (or close to) are soon to become reality.

Hopefully KSE also cotton onto the fact that this is not an American sport franchise where a poor season can be made up for by a favourable draft. A few bad decisions now and we’re could be destined to mediocrity for many years to come.

Fabulous
Fabulous

Joint golden boot winner in a sh*t team as well. But of course non better than our club to waste away his talents.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Farcical

backsakacrack
backsakacrack

The captain curse continues

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

Quick show him a video, Unai

Dave M
Dave M

That’s the problem, Auba prefers books

Mentally Drained Gooner
Mentally Drained Gooner

It’s the start of the rot

Richard Bland
Richard Bland

The start? We’ve been rotting for years!

Mentally Drained Gooner
Mentally Drained Gooner

C’mon. We were not rotting before this. We were decaying

Deano

Inevitable really, can see Lacazette doing the same. I’m just hoping that this and a relatively empty stadium tomorrow will give the board the jolt it needs.

MO10
MO10

It shouldn’t need to come to this for them to realize.
Knowing these ba$tardz, they will be seeing dollar signs in their eyes with the potential sales of Auba, Laca and then promote martinelli as striker.

Con
Con

Fair enough, frankly

MonkeyJoe
MonkeyJoe

24h binge watching Stutgart highlights will sort him out.

Voldemort
Voldemort

This club is so messed up its past painfull.
We will not qualify for champions league no matter who comes in. The board will not act quick enough for us to recover. We are in danger of losing some of our best players whilst others get more and more disgruntled.
The apathy in the squad is allowed to fester and we lose some of the best years of our better players while we pander to poor players that are not and never will be good enough for the club.
A shambles of our own making. Our recruitment has been piss poor. Putting a error prone defender like luiz in an already poor defence is madness.
Not sure where all this ends but it leads back to the owners and nothing will change long term until this leach is gone from our club.

Jimbo1
Jimbo1

Will KSE ever leave? It is a cash cow for them which just carries on giving irregardless of how bad the football is. Just don’t understand why Kroenke was allowed to buy out the club, when he clearly does not give a flying fig about winning anything. A football club should be owned by the fans like at Bayern, and not some suit looking at his balance sheet.

Maxin In The Shade
Maxin In The Shade

I just don’t get it.

What indication does management have that this will miraculously turn around and Emery will prove them right?

There’s nothing that shows that this will improve. Certainly not to the level required for Arsenal.

And now we’re gonna allow our best striker, and captain leave because we can’t be proactive enough to make the decision that’s staring everyone in the face??!!

Runzac
Runzac

The captain has spoken. #HasHeGoneyet

Steve
Steve

Can anyone blame him?
We have a board who don’t appear to have any interest and a Management ‘committee’ suffering from inertia. The sad truth is, its now almost too late to turn the tide and by the time they do wake up and remove Emery, top 4 will be a very distant dream..
That being said, Aubameyang, Lacazette and Torreira may be long gone….

Removing Emery may cost £4/5m but playing in the CL and getting through a round or 2 more than pays for that and more….

Sanllehi wake up man, it’s simple maths….

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Don’t blame him. Expect the same from Lacca too.
Don Raul my arse, it’s sad because the type of future we’re facing means we’re gonna need someone more like Mislintat than ever before.

Sigh, time to just hope that Eddie can comeback and do a Kane for us.

Rich
Rich

The captains curse set to strike again….

The reality is that if we won’t sign? Then we’ll have to sell.

Not sure I trust Raul + Edu to get it right, if you take Aubameyang’s goals out of the team, we’d be in big trouble.

Wouldn’t be surprised if we sold Lacazette as well…..

With Xhaka + Torreira looking for moves, our high turnover of staff looks set to continue.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Here we go again. Although i feel barca would be a bad choice for auba.

Tanzanian Gooner
Tanzanian Gooner

So, after a relatively good summer transfer by our own standards, we’re about to loose Auba, Laca, Xhaka, Torreira, and probably Ozil in the next two windows. Talking about one step forward, 3 steps backwards while poor Emery still looking for “connections with our fans with our performance and moments.”

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

I don’t blame him

Amusa
Amusa

I said this weeks ago. The club will sell him and Lacca, buy a couple of youngsters and ask us to believe in their vision. The Kronke’s are happy as long as we aren’t relegated. I’m just aghast their isn’t a Kronke out drive. Least that can do is for them to take us more seriously. If he stays we will be a mid table team for the next 15 20 years, something they are comfortable with.

Amusa
Amusa

It’s already too late, even if they sack Emery now it will be almost impossible to get into top 4. Raul, the Football executive committee and the Kronke’s should be ashamed.

Soffen

Impossible and quit difficult to get Europe League

Richie

Likely Aubameyang’s agent purposefully releasing this to push the board into a managerial change. Maybe a month too late though.

The Arsenal
The Arsenal

Agent Smith voice. Inevitable.

Swerve
Swerve

There is going to be a riot soon. Oddly enough this is uniting the fan base that was split over Wenger if you want any kind of a silver lining.

What they are doing now could take years to fix. But they just don’t seem to give a shit.

demmy000
demmy000

The course of the arm band

Mpls
Mpls

Unai’s plan is working perfectly. Soon he won’t have any big names in the dressing room to get into tiffs with and he can stock his team with his ideal mix of project youth 3.0 and mid-table grafters.

Tbbro
Tbbro

They should have sacked him during the international break! The board are a bunch of cowards. They were hoping that we would win the next few matches and all would quiet down. Daniel levy sacked poch, after all he did for his crap team because he was shitting himself about the position they were in! We won’t beat anyone with the way we are playing, Norwich will do us over and hopefully that will be bye bye Unai…

Santori
Santori

This is the problem with people agitating for a move.

Most are too myopic to see bigger picture and issues that will further complicate things.

Like spoilt children, they want things now but now may not often be the best solution.

They need to grow up.

Granted if unai cannot win the next two matches, likely the trigger will be pulled, the board has exercised correct due diligence in not being over reactionary and hysterical (unlike fans)

Clear assessments need to be made about potential solutions to replace Unai. not anyone will do.

The same fans bleating nonsense now were the ones who agitating for Wenger out (and in effect compounding problems), said they were willing to give any new gaffer 3 or 4 seasons to turn the damage around. Look where we are now.

And if we bring less than perfect solution because we prefer a feel good pill, in six months, we could be revisiting this self perpetuating scenario.

It will likely not be an attractive proposition for top players to continue with us and that includes Auba but also VERY likely Lacazette.

At the same time it will have dire consequence to our transfer money remember :

1) We will have to pay out Unai bc he is released before end of contract this season.

2) We are back loaded as is by Sanlehi with 20m commited each window to Pepe and Saliba.

3) if we should decide next gaffer does not make the cut as well, bc as much as it could get better, it could also get worse or stagnate at current point, we will then also have to commit to paying that manager out or persist with a similarly functioning manager as Emery in the first place.

Which is why we have to get the next appointment correct.

And lest some Arsenal fans prefer to wank off, we are NOT an attractive big club to come to anymore.

1) the likes of Allegri and Ponchentinno are more likely to wait out 4 to 6 months see how tings develop at Barca and Bayern. Why risk their reputation which is at apex at the moment with a club that is in europa and struggling with capability gaps, less likely to spend and in a very competitive league (now with Moanrinho added)?

2) We don’t look good anymore with fans only adding to a tetchy/toxic environment. The overly expectant mood only creates down side for many managers.

So unless we prefer to gamble further on the likes of Arteta or say Viera (neither terribly proven), we would be foolish to rush into things.

The board as mentioned is doing the right thing in letting Unai attempt to right the ship (now over next couple of matches) before pulling the trigger. It buys them time to put things together.

One solution mentioned was Nuno Espirito Santo. I’m not fully convinced he will do it without a substantial Portugese cohort as he has in place at Wolves.

…the other more practical solution maybe to have Llungberg caretaker till end of season, consider the next 6 months transitional until we find an optimum solution management-wise to come in.

Erik Ten Hag at Ajax IMO worth considering particularly as we want to also develop younger players not just in current squad (Guendouzi, Willock, Nelson, Saka, Martinelli) but also up and coming from Academy.

We need to adopt a longer term vision, figure out what kind of club we want to be, how it meshes in with a brand of football and youth development not just chop and change willy nilly like headless chickens.

Alas, most fans do not have patience or any decent modicum of foresight. And they have now become an added nuisance agitating from the side, compounding problems as is with management or otherwise.

Honest truth.

Caligunner
Caligunner

Do you type this in a word document and copy and paste?

Blah blah blah

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

One of the few times I can say that I mostly agree with you Santori. Though I see your enmity with fans being overly expecting and creating a toxic atmosphere, it didn’t originate out of thin air. I think everybody is united on Emery calling it a day at Arsenal. The fact is that we are no longer a top club, even if and when Emery leaves. We will see a departure of our best players; the longer this chap stays, the more that will want to jump ship. However all hope isn’t lost.
I believe Freddie would be a good appointment for the time being. Besides being a legend here, he has improved the youngsters as expressed by them too and has kept them on their toes. His assistant’s appointment should also be internal as Carcedo will most likely go with his boss

Riku
Riku

Don’t think he will go . His agent just wants him involved ozil wages. Last year only a turkish and Chinese club were in for him. He Has wanted Barca since a child I read back in his Dortmund days. But they just spent 109 on greiszman !, (swap him for deSemele) , Madrid just bought the tall Serbian striker and extended benezema contract. It is just wages

Mach Ater
Mach Ater

We don’t have to lose hope ,but fight for what we hope for.

baz00r
baz00r

Totally wouldn’t blame the guy for jumping ship. He has done his bit admirably, he has scored many goals in a team that plays boring conservative football and he deserves better. That goes for Laca too.

We only have the hierarchy to blame for allowing it to get to this point. When you allow a shit manager to continue being shit and slowly suck the life out of your players of course they are going to want to leave.

At least sacking the guy now may give us a glimmer of hope of retaining some players.

Andy
Andy

There’s a fucking surprise!