In comments that won’t knock the Earth of its axis, Granit Xhaka says losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be a ‘great loss’ for Arsenal.
The Gunners hierarchy have a tough decision to make regarding the 30-year-old’s future.
They can either cash in their star man when the transfer window opens in a couple of months time or they allow him to enter the final year of his contract knowing full well that his market value will drop considerably by January and that he could leave on a free in June 2021.
On the one hand, we’d free up some money to spend on a replacement. On the other, there’s no guarantee we could replace his goals, which to date stand at 61 in 97 appearances.
It was reported that the Gabon international had a number of suitors earlier in the year with Inter Milan and Barcelona both circling as negotiations over a new deal at the Emirates stalled.
While the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic remains to be seen, Xhaka thinks replacing his teammate will be very tough.
“If that [Auba leaving] were to happen, it would, of course, be a great loss for the team and the club,” he told SportBild.
“He [Arteta] convinced me of his ideas and his philosophy for the number six position and showed me a lot of appreciation,” said the Swiss.
“I’m glad that I could pay him back for this trust and I hope for the future that we can still make it into the Champions League and finally play in the international top league again.”