Monday, May 16, 2022

Report: Juventus and Barcelona open to Auba loan deal

According to The Athletic, Juventus and Barcelona have both made contact with Arsenal about the possibility of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on loan for the rest of the season.

There appears to be a number of moving parts involved, including the Gunners quest to seal a replacement and the future of Alvaro Morata who may or may not leave Juventus for Barcelona.

If the Spain international’s mooted move to Barcelona materialises, spurred in part by Dusan Vlahovic’s arrival from Fiorentina, then Auba could well end up in Italy as a backup to the Serb. If it doesn’t then the Nou Camp is the more likely destination.

The Gunners are open to letting the 32-year-old leave the club this month and have already entertained offers from two clubs in Saudi Arabia. As things stand, Aubameyang doesn’t fancy seeing out his career in the Middle East, which is fair enough given the calibre of the other interested parties.

Various reports this week have claimed that Auba has not been included in the squad for Arsenal’s warm-weather training camp in Dubai. Mikel Arteta’s decision to exclude him from the travelling party marks the continuation of a first-team exile that dates back to a disciplinary breach in early December.

Since then, Auba has lost the captain’s armband, trained alone at London Colney, travelled to Dubai and Cameroon with Gabon, tested positive for Covid-19 and been sent back to London for medical examination having not kicked a ball in anger at the AFCON. He’s since been given a clean bill of health.

All in all, it’s been a mad eight weeks for the player.

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LoonyLeftie

I predict we will take luca on loan. I was wrong about vlah though.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Luca Toni?

Daveo

Luca Perez

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Luca Fabianski.

the judean Pepe's front

Luca-here juventus, feck off

A Different George

Luca here, I think you’re wrong.

gooner

Luca Blasi

Johnny 4 Hats

Funny old world. Back in early Jan I was wondering how Vlahovic and Auba would pair up.

Maybe now I’ll know.

Brady’s bunch

😂 they want to loan Dusan to us for four years.

Johnny 4 Hats

On that, why is it we can never get business done when the other team wants one of our players?

Chambers – Douglas Luiz
Auba – Arthur
Torreira – Vlahovic

Maybe the last example is harder but can’t we just say “Yeah, he’s yours if….”

Brady’s bunch

My 8 year old son tells me Haaland is coming instead, I’m gonna let it play out at least he’ll know how a normal transfer window goes for us.

Diaby's Left Peg

Still waiting for Lilian Thuram to join

Qwaliteee

Patrick Kluivert….

Those Utd cunts wouldn’t have done the fucking treble if we’d signed him in the summer of ‘98. Agonisingly close to signing him too, by all accounts.

Brady’s bunch

Was that around the time every French player was linked to us??

Diaby's Left Peg

Early 2000s I believe, him and Trezeguet were going to finally win Arsene the Champions League.

At least your lad is learning early what it means to be a Gooner 😅

Qwaliteee

😂 Now there’s a case of being cruel to be kind if ever there was one! When Graham Rix missed the crucial penalty against Valencia in the 1980 European Cup Winners Cup Final in Brussels, the pain of losing two major finals in the space of five days (not to mention the realisation that I would have to muster up a fund of wisecrack bravado excuses and an indifferent brave face the following day at school YET AGAIN) was more than my poor 12 year old lower lip could stand and the waterworks were in full flow. “Welcome to the… Read more »

Alan Sunderland

Valencia hurt, liam bradys last game.

Teryima Adi

We need to loan Levy of Tottenham- he is a hard man when it comes to deals.😜

Qwaliteee

Lucozade.

Jelvis

Luca Brasi?

gooner

Why did I post before scrolling down? I hope your first child be a masculine child

Flash

Cool!

My name is Luka.
and I live on the second floor.

LoonyLeftie

Well, get yer boots on. And pack your suitcase, you’re off to Dubai.

Zenithreptile

I live upstairs from you!

Daveo

Cool hand Luca

UzesGooner

Why not take Morata on loan from Juventus/Athletic Madrid, if they want Auba?

Indiegooner

Probably because he is Alvaro Morata.

UzesGooner

True, but better than thin air until the summer 😂

78/79/80

My daughter Luca? That I have to see. Though to be fair she kicks a ball better than my 6 yr old boy.

MojoWillneny

Never want to forget all the goals and how he put this team on his shoulders and brought us a cup during really tough times. He gave us joy when this club was at the very bottom of its transition from Wenger (Respect!) But the goals have dried up and it’s all gone bad now. Best for both parties if he moves on and reignite his career elsewhere.

Appels&Pere

Amen.

Riku

He didn’t score at the start of the season , when we were rubbish first three games . No chances to take from team members. Then remember he is recovering malwria and covid’.
Swap him for Dembele Barca
Or
Arthur at juv.??

Goonshow

Love the way Juve:
(a) steal Vlah from us
(b) insist on 18 months for Arthur
(c) only offer 6 months for Auba

Fuck ’em – arrogant has-beens (and, no, we’re not looking in the mirror… we ain’t arrogant!)

Cliff Bastin

Logically why would Vlah and his agent choose us over Juve?

Qwaliteee

We’re The Arsenal…? 😉

A Different George

“steal Vlah from us?” All the reports are that the player wants to go to Juve. I guess he stole himself from us, because we have a god-given right to him.

Wishawk

🙂 No, they didn’t steal. They just opened a door and made themselves available.

Riku

18 months for Arthur , is a bit much, tho. Didn’t we have dani.c. on loan for nearly that long.
Juventus said they wanted Ramsey out in January. We couldn’t swap Auba for Ramsey could we..!? I also like the American centre midfield player at juventus. Decent age . Could get him

myrtle

I’m gonna miss his front flips and 6-mile smile

Lettra

Well written! I get there is more to this conflict than we understand so reconciliation not on the table whoever I can’t get onboard with anyone saying Auba is crap now .He is always in shape and works his ass off and if he is in a team that creates chances he will score a bunch. Best of luck Auba . I strangely dislike Juve more than Barca these days due to their transfer shenanigans so let’s hope it’s Barca and that he nails a a starting place in team which is very likely.

Bleeding gums murphy

Arteta struggle to manage players concerns me.

Teryima Adi

You have a good heart.
Blessings 🙏🏻

Toure Motors

Hope we’re not the only ones left with no chair when the music stops…..

Johnny 4 Hats

Flashback to my Year 5 – 11 balls.

Arsenal standing on the side of the dance-floor watching Juve and Vlahovic and Newcastle and Guimarães slow dance to Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time.

Daveo

The Cyn! Nice Imagery

Brady’s bunch

Feel for you buddy, times a healer and all that.

Woolwich Tiern time

You all played musical chairs at your year 11 balls??

Woolwich Tiern time

Ah sorry should have read to the end
No chance. If ive not got a dance at that point im going to go get me a plastic cup full of s7-up

Qwaliteee

Cracking analogy. In my day (1983 Year 11) it was Spandau Ballet (or as I prefer to call them ‘Four Gooners and a Spud’ – the Spud being Sax player Steve Norman) If you couldn’t get a girl on the dance floor when ‘True’ was played, you really were as doomed as a Spud title bid. Fortunately, yours ‘Truely’ had already been going strong with the future Mrs Q since year 9 and she loved the ‘Soul Boys of the Western World’ so it was job done. 👍 And thanks to me she was a Spurs fan turned lifetime Goonette… Read more »

Brady’s bunch

The force is strong with you buddy.

MeSoHornsey

Of course not.
It will be us and Spu*s and no chair.

Brady’s bunch

I’d tell Juve to shag off personally dodgy feckers they’re as crooked as a hairpin.

bob

I’d lead them along until the last hr of the window, then send them a pic of my balls with the caption “hahahahaah”.

Seriously, fuck Juve and how they conduct business.

Brady’s bunch

😂

TeeCee

I can’t help thinking that they might have the last laugh when they pay the release fee and your balls fly off to Turin.

Chris

Oh man, I am legitimately laughing out loud 🤣🤣🤣

Boywonder

Would entertain a swap deal with dembele from barca

Magneto

I think the key moving part is whether or not Moussa Dembele is
going to renew his contract with Barcelona by the end of the transfer
window.

Magneto

Correction: Ousmane Dembele.

kampala gooner

We didn’t notice. That should inform you on our thoughts about he’s swap with Auba.

Brady’s bunch

Not a hope they want rid as they can’t afford him.

King 14enry

Juve can f*ck right off

Woolwich Tiern time

I agree with the sentiment aa a general rule, but in relation to what exactly?

jon

We should rather buy Osmane Dembele from them. The pair were sensational at Dortmund and we might have failed to see that Auba’s spectacular goals there almost all came from Dembele assists.

tokevo

And Saka would play at CM I guess? 😀

Chris

I think you’ll find they mostly came from Mkhitaryan assists and look how that turned out

Anders Limpar

Who will we give a brand spanking new, 300k + a year, contract to next? That’s the real story 😂

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Xhaka

C.B.

Good call, though surely Cedric deserves it more?

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Cedric was my first thought.
We do need to tie him down before he’s in huge demand, we don’t want his head turning

Daveo

Xhaka will be like a new signing for the 3-4 games before his next red card ban!

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

Go on. Tell yourself you’re just kidding. Until Xhaka actually does sign that spanking new 300k pw contract. He’s Xhaka. How he managed it, only God knows, but I swear he’s got the low down on every Arsenal manager since Arsene.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Do you do that sometimes before a match. Convince yourself we’ll lose, while deep down praying to be proved wrong?

I do.

Brady’s bunch

Cedric

C.B.

Great minds think alike!

Brady’s bunch

😂

Wishawk

If Ramsey is willing to take a paycut, I’ve love to see him back at Arsenal.

Goonshow

Tangential, but this is transfer-related: any update on Renato Sanches, Blogs?

He’s my fave out of the half-dozen mids who’ve tweaked the poo-meter this Jan!

Mentalista

Did he turn out good after all? I remember he was absolute crap at Bayern and Swansea albeit very young.

Arteta-tinted Glasses

Auba’s too good to go to the middle East. I hope he gets his time in Barca. We get the squad space to make our move too. Most amicable solution possible.

Woolwich Tiern time

Only happen if he’ll take a pay cut becuase they aint affording him without us covering a sizeable portion of his current wage and i dont see why we should do them lot any such favour.

btw

Because it would be cheaper than paying him 350k a week to trade dirty looks with Arteta while the fan base implodes and the media circus every week

thw14

Maybe Barca want Arteta on loan.

Woolwich Tiern time

Send them both for thebsheer banter of it

SarcasmB0t

Gee, I thought he was so bad he couldn’t even get on a bench next to a buch of kindergarteners and Eddie Nketiah, on top of being a player with such contagiously terrible attitude, he would turn all our kids into Andrey Arshavins if allowed to train with them (unfortuntely, all this was only discovered in December).
But there are football clubs with Champions League aspirations willing to take him?

Color me surprised.

It’s almost like him not playing is a personal decision, not a football one.

Reiss Neverseen & the DicTeta

Artetatism is the football version of McCarthyism. In 15 years of being a Gooner, I’ve never seen as much hateful language directed at out of favour players but our fans, as I have under Arteta.

The guy cares more about his personal vendettas than he does our club. If he put as much effort into being a good manager as he did his PR campaigns, maybe we’d actually be somewhere as a club.

arseblog

McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of subversion and treason, especially when related to communism and socialism.

🙄

Reiss Neverseen & the DicTeta

And what is the definition of subversion?

🙄

Nzini

The real communists are those that would have us vaccinated by force.Even if it has proved to be useless and actually dangerous

btw

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.html?pageType=LegacyCollection&collectionName=Maps+and+Trackers&label=Maps+and+Trackers&module=hub_Band&region=inline&template=storyline_band_recirc

Scroll down to infection rates and death rates comparing vaccinated to unvaccinated. Not useless, and no data that it is dangerous. That said, I would never condone people being vaccinated “by force”, nor have I heard of that happening

Nzini

I respect you for not condoning…….well it’s because info of them being harmful to some is deliberately subverted that’s why you won’t hear much.its all a scam

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Of course they wouldn’t feed false information to the public. Now that would just be wrong

Nzini

Not to mention they are process of abortions.Can we atleast have religious exemptions??

Nzini

Proceeds

Woolwich Tiern time

Blogs can you fix this? Im trying to downvote this multiple times but unfortunately im only getting to do so once

Woolwich Tiern time

As well as being patently ridiculous anyway, a senseless analogy as blogs highlights with the actual definition, if Arteta is the tyrant you make out then the team would have fully downed tools by now

He’s had battles with three players and yet consistantly maintains the backing of the wider team now. Ozil is now reviled at Fenabarce. Ive got far more time for Auba but he both has form from his previous clubs and clearly something has then gone on with Gabon as well.
Your nonsense is pure AFTV fodder? Take it and leave it there please

Ecurbam

Does how we handled both Ozil and Auba have any impact on future signings?

Reiss Neverseen & the DicTeta

If the big names know what’s good for them, they’d think twice about joining our “project”.

El Mintero

Yeah, the audacity we have in expecting our “big names” to show up on time for training while happily collecting their 300k/wk pay packet is just astounding! Who the fck do we think we are?!!

Reiss Neverseen & the DicTeta

Yeah…Why wouldn’t players like Vlahovic want to work with an egostitical coach that can’t handle big personalities. I’m sure Dusan was probably relishing at the thought of a rookie coach throwing his career down the toilet.

Reiss Neverseen & the DicTeta

Let me ask you something Minty.

What affects Arsenal’s standing more in the football community?

Auba’s tardiness or Arteta underachieving?

Since you brought up money….

What affects the club’s finances more?

Auba’s tardiness or Arteta not achieving UCL football.

Walter White

As pointed out in the Arsecast; had Auba played at another club he would be ideal for a 6-month loan deal to us.
Still have reservation about not including him, at least as a backup option, but sadly it seems all bridges have been burnt between us.
All the BEST of luck to you Auba if this goes through.
If you go to Juve, pls spit in the pasta on behalf of Edu and the rest of us.

Goonerink

I disagree with this sentiment,
He would probably be the 6 month loan deal arsenal do when in reality we need a different kind of striker who’s not (debatable) over the hill with potential discipline problems. But being arsenal we would get the name over the player we need

Magneto

“As pointed out in the Arsecast; had Auba played at another club he would be ideal for a 6-month loan deal to us.” This might have been true once upon a time – when we had a very experienced man of the world running things, who generally knew how to deal with an issue like this without ‘cutting off his nose to spit his face’. But it’s not true today – there’s a different environment, a new guy running things, and a different way of dealing with this issue. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how this pans… Read more »

Cescky

Is it to much for arteta to learn to forgive sometimes ? Sure auba has disciplinary problems ,hes always had them but dosent mean we should just throw him away considering hes still our best striker. Arteta really needs to sort out his man management skills , every year he has a problem with someone . Wenger or emery never seemed to have these problems

Jasonissimo

It doesn’t seem like Auba is remorseful, and the team has been playing better without him. So why should he get his place back? He wasn’t even available as a sub against Burnley? Well who gives a f…? The forward position needs to be sorted. An unfit Auba jogging around for 10 minutes and failing to win any headers in the box wouldn’t have changed anything. I can’t even remember the last time Auba played well for Arsenal. Last season, surely. How is his lack of discipline, application, and goals Arteta’s fault? and by the way, he doesn’t have the… Read more »

SarcasmB0T

Serious question to those who think he “must have” done something worse than come late: what sort of transgression would merit a player of Auba’s stature being completely ostracized?

Dennis Elbow

Assault maybe?

A Different George

Surely the issue involves Aubameyang’s reaction/attitude/conduct *following* that incident. Does that reaction/attitude/conduct justify the extreme measure of effectively removing him from the playing squad permanently? That depends on (a) what actually happened, (b) your attitude to how a manager should handle discipline in general, and (c) your attitude to Arteta specifically. I am more favourable to Arteta than many Arsenal supporters, but I don’t pretend to know who is “right” in this situation. And, truthfully, I still do not understand what happened with Ozil either–except that a certain point, regardless of right or wrong, it was necessary to end the… Read more »

SarcasmB0T

That’s what I mean. Okay, he comes late (that’s what Arteta has said).
Arteta chews him out and strips him of the captaincy.

What could he say or do that would justify this treatment?

Because like the poster above, I’m at physical assault.

DaDude

Why so complicated with physical assault? What would warrant such a treatment is simply not accepting your mistake and further ignoring the demands that your boss has from you in that regard. I mean if I worked at LIDL and often came too late, my boss would tell me to come on time. It wouldn’t need a physical confrontation to get fired. If I just said to the boss “you know what, I don’t care about that at all” and continued with my behaviour, I would be out very soon. Now, obviously football players have contracts that are very hard… Read more »

SarcasmB0T

That’s what I mean.
People are saying there “must have been” something more. I agree with you that I don’t think that there was.

As per your analogy, sure, an unskilled worker at LIDL can be easily replaced and turning up on time is one of their only duties.
But for some reason, I doubt many hospital administrators would be quite so gung ho about firing their best (only?) brain surgeon for turning up late a couple of times.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Aside from the disciplinary issues, I think his form over the last 18 months has a big part to play. Arteta has decided he’s not what he was and wants to force him off the wage bill.
If Auba had 16 goals in the league up to now, he’d have left him out of a game or two to make his point to Auba and the squad, then he’d probably been back playing again

DaDude

I agree. If that was Salah with the same antics, I believe he would be playing again.

btw

If Arsenal are still paying him, then he either did not do anything too serious or Arsenal suck at contracts. Personally I think it is a case of Arteta sucking at man management and painting himself into a corner. It happens too often to be coincidence.

SarcasmB0T

This is an excellent point.

Yes, players typically have clauses in their contracts for major disciplinary offenses.

In Auba’s case, it seems not to have been triggered.

DaDude

I don’t want to disagree, but at the moment I can’t think of any situation, where a club terminated a contract unless the player was really involved in criminal activity. So I think it is not that easy to terminate such a contract, because the player also can’t terminate it that easily. I mean we have players supposedly refusing to play a game (Martial and others), yet the contract is not terminated, we have Benzema, who was charged with being involved in blackmail, yet he stayed on. The method of choice in this industry are obscene monetary penalties, for a… Read more »

Eric Blair

For years we’ve bemoaned the lack of discipline in the squad, maybe for 15 years. Wenger’s main fault for me was indulging his favourites to the point where there was clear disharmony in the squad, which happened regularly in the 2nd half of his reign, Özil was the latest example of that where he got preferential treatment. Emery never got close to solving these issues. When Arteta came in we were screaming for someone to change the culture of the club which had become way too relaxed and non-directional. I don’t know if Arteta is that man but he is… Read more »

Woolwich Tiern time

I wonder about this yellow card bet issue. I think it was the newcastle game where he made an absolutely nonsense tackle and picked up a booking for it. Though you dont need to downvote me i know its an unfair soeculation and i still think most crooked stuff with cards being given to Arsenal players would see the referee as the culpable party

A Different George

Yeah, I think it’s worth downvoting anyway. “I know it’s unfair speculation” . . . but I’ll put it out there anyway. “I have no reason to believe you are the one who stole my car, and in fact I don’t even know my car has been stolen, but it might have been you.”

Billy bob

Please tell Juve to go do one 👍

Sir No Goals

Buckle up, Marty. This weekend, you’re gonna see some serious shit.

Rich

We’re trying out this new innovative formation, instead of a no striker system, it’s called a no player system

btw

Wait til we sell Xhaka to Roma on deadline day and bring in Kim Kallstrom on loan

Rich

We’re going one better this time, instead of signing a player with a broken back, we’re going for a 6 month loan, for a player who’s just done his ACL, and won’t be back until Feb 2023

We’re paying his full wages, and a £5 million loan fee

Marvix

I’m still trying to understand what’s going on with MA and our big players. He seems not to have a forgiving spirit. He chooses his ego over the club. Even when it’s obvious we need those ousted players, his ego comes first. Tuchel had issues with lukaku, it was resolved immediately and he continued playing. From what we know it’s a matter of arriving late which I think shouldn’t have dragged this far. Honestly I’m getting fed up with the way the gaffer handles this club. Someone that has achieved nothing as a player and a manager is trying to… Read more »

MySymes

He chooses his ego over the club.”

Or you could say he’s choosing the club over their egos.

Compare his method of dealing with it to Emery’s. I know which I’d rather have in charge.

Reiss Neverseen & the DicTeta

Well said. The Arteta disciples on this site usually have no response for rational statements like yours but to click the dislike button.

Mikel Arteta has been a financial sinkhole at the club since he joined in 2019. If he had started managing at smaller clubs, where funds really matter, he’d (probably) be a better manager and less wasteful of this club’s resources.

However, as he is at a club where the ownership and vast majority of the fanbase (inexplicably) indulges him, it’s no surprise his ego has outgrown his actual managerial ability.

Chris

You know who else achieved nothing as a player? Wenger, yet he turned out OK

arseblog

Why would any manager deliberately sabotage his own team, knowing his job is on the line? Saying it’s ego is a soundbite, but it doesn’t stand up to any real scrutiny.

Clearly there is a lot more to the Aubameyang thing than turning up late.

SarcasmB0T

Again, I struggle to imagine what that “something” would have to be. And wasn’t leaving Ozil out also “deliberately sabotaging the team?” Or persisting with Xhaka at left back? Or playing Willian? My guess is Auba was told never to be late again – or else – and he was late again. Unless you’re hearing some “noise” no one is reporting on, all the info we had was that he was late. Did Arteta’s press conference after the fact indicate that it was anything worse? Nobody thought so at the time. It might well be that Arteta is being too… Read more »

Vonnie

Ozil’s attitude stank, they’re having exactly the same problems with him at Fenerbahce. Maybe Auba told Mikel or one of the board to “fuck off” who knows. It’s clearly past repair so if he can be loaned out or sold it’ll be for the best, he’s not playing anyway. Newcastle are supposed to be buying Eddie so we’ll have Laca, Martinelli and Biereth unless we buy someone, not much different to what we have now, although Biereth isn’t feeble like Eddie.

SarcasmB0t

“Maybe Auba told Mikel or one of the board to ‘fuck off’”

That’s exactly what I mean. Let’s assume he did. Is that really reason enough to ostracize your highest paid player, your only real striker (I realize he’s been shit this year) and up to that point a good servant of the club?

Are we to believe that Arteta can’t get past an insult? Remember, he’s already punished Auba. He’s taken away his armband and sent him to train alone for two months.

If this really is over an insult, it’s incredibly petty.

Rich

If people could get away with telling their bosses to fu*k off, without any consequences

Then we’d all be doing it …

Vonnie

Depends how intransigent Auba is being, there’s also something weird about how he was sent home from AFCON. Dortmund couldn’t wait to be rid in the end.

SarcasmB0T

The AFCON thing is super weird.
So weird I don’t really want to touch it.
As far as I’ve seen, their coach hasn’t said anything about “the rumors” – which is weird, right? I mean, that’s the first thing journalists would have asked him, yet I’ve found nothing (although I don’t speak French, so my sources are very limited).
All I found is him say how much he’d missed the players – which didn’t sound like he was blaming them.

And you’re right about Dortmund, but he was unsettled. He wanted to leave. No indication of that this time around.

Hank Scorpio

His national manager said Arsenal ‘forced’ Aubas return whatever that means. He pushed to leave Dortmund and it got ugly. That aside, Klopp and Tuchel have largely been positive about him.

DaDude

Well it’s very easy, he had a heart problem and then 3 days later he had no heart problem. There is absolutely nothing weird about it. Please move along.

I wonder what the “doctor” of Gabon is doing as his day job. It has nothing to do with strategical communication that’s clear. If he is really a doctor, he is looking like a complete tool now. If they wanted to send him home and not announce the reason, they should just claim that he has a stomach flu.

Q3 Technique

No decent manager in any profession will tolerate being told to fuck off by someone under his authority!

SarcasmB0T

I think you misunderstand the word “tolerate.”

He’s been punished and punished harshly.

The manager’s authority has clearly been re-asserted.

These should be big boys, not pre-schoolers.

Hank Scorpio

Maybe he told Arteta he’s a rubbish manager who’d have been sacked anywhere else by now. There’d be no coming back from that vote of no confidence. Punishments aren’t always commensurate to the crime in the world of work (even in football) so I’m certainly not rushing to believe this situation was the only course of action. Unless more comes to light, we’re all just speculating. As for Auba, aside from pushing for his move to Arsenal he hasn’t been a difficult personality to manage through his career, playing for the likes of Tuchel and Klopp. Both of whom have… Read more »

SarcasmB0T

I think that after two months out of the squad, there should be a way to come back, on some basis.

I agree with the rest of the post.

It would be pretty ironic if Auba had told him he was a shit manager and he would proceed to prove him right by making our goalscoring issue much worse.

DaDude

“Maybe Auba told Mikel or one of the board to ‘fuck off’” Let’s assume he did. Is that really reason enough to ostracize your highest paid player. —– Of course it can be. Let’s imagine. Mikel: “OK Auba, I will include you into the squad again, but you must not be late ever again.” Auba: “Fuck off (with your demands , I continue to do whatever I want cause I am the highest paid player and your only superstar)” Highest paid player or not, but who runs the show here? I don’t say it was like that, but if it… Read more »

Brady’s bunch

I’m guessing you were shouting Ozil case as well when clearly he stopped playing even wenger had had to cover for his mystery illnesses when it came to away trips. No club or manager is going single out a player in this way because of Ego there is very clearly more to the story than is being published and when does leave there will be a NDA and we’ll possibly never know why. I wish Auba well and thank him for his time here, he is truly a fantastic player but I’m an Arsenal fan and the club will move… Read more »

SarcasmB0T

I was actually on board with the Ozil decision. Even when Emery did it. The difference was that there had ALWAYS been an undercurrent of Ozil performing only when he wanted to – which was less and less often. Aubameyang, on the other hand, was a nailed-on part of the squad and praised for his work by Arteta even when he wasn’t scoring – and then he was gone. I would be shocked if Auba’s attitude on the training pitch was remotely similar to Ozil’s. This was about something else, and given the speed of the escalation, my guess is… Read more »

Brady’s bunch

It’s clearly something else but ultimately it will end with Auba out the gap. Personally I’d keep him and play him till the end of the season we’ve 17 games left to finish the season thank him then move on

Henryo

I totally agree with you, it would be madness for him to do such a thing, but humans are weird. How many times has xhaka gotten off without a reprimand, letting team and club down. Pepe on the other hand got the dressing down with the media. Nobody is perfect and he is learning his craft, but seems strange, maybe man management is not his strong point 😉

Marvix

Well said, but I’m judging from information made available to us. I’m pretty sure there’s more to it. But why can’t he have that forgiving spirit. Check how many players that have fallen out with him. Something must be wrong somewhere

Hank Scorpio

No doubt there is something more but that doesn’t imply that a correct decision has been made based on the unknown ‘more’. I’d suggest ostracising Ozil was cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. We had no other obvious replacements and the persistence with Willian and Ceballos saw us briefly flirt with the relegation places. You are also assuming people are rational beings who don’t act contrary to their self interest. I’d suggest people are also emotional and do exactly that sometimes. The number of players Arteta has fallen out with keeps growing. More experienced managers don’t seem to… Read more »

thw14

In this day and age – and with the club’s tendency to brief – I think we’d have heard about it if there was actually more to it. Most likely, Arteta’s trying to establish his dressing room authority, which is a point most modern managers obsess about in this player millionaire era. Two problems with that approach. First, an alternate/complementary way to establish authority is to actually have sophisticated managerial ideas. Arteta doesn’t seem to. Second, it assumes a particular manager’s authority is compatible with the long-term health of the club. That is always debatable, in this case it tends… Read more »

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

“Run this club down”.

I’d say the club is in a better place now than it was before he arrived

Fabregasted

Why does this have so many downvotes? Aren’t there many more talented and youthful players now that ensure that, even if there was a change in manager, we’d have a strong team for the future? Furthermore, the effort shown and team togetherness on the pitch now is like day and night compared to Emery’s final games.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

They thought Emery was doing a better job

Wengerball

No more lucrative contracts for aging stars. It might work with other clubs but never works for us!

Me2

At this stage where we are being linked with everyone I would go out on a limb and say I would prefer to not bother signing anyone.
Whomever we sign will seem like a signing of desperation made at the last minute in the vain hope that he might just turn out well.
Arsenal are the club that desperately needed strengthening this window and instead we have actually weakened our squad by letting players go out on loan or on free transfers.

Lucas

What about swapping Dembele and Auba with barça and kove martinelli as striker/false 9

UzesGooner

Is Edu on holiday ?

Me2

No, he is looking to negotiate the £60 million signing of yaya sanogo

Steinn

what a signing that would be, was it against Palace he started and looked like that cousin of George Weah?

Thendeman

Auba can go to Juventus and spark a tactical mayhem in which the Old Lady wastes Vlahovic on the wings. After one year, we can get the Serb on the cheap ala a certain Frenchman of yore whom I forget.

Teryima Adi

Auba has nine lives like the proverbial cat.

STUART BRADLEY

This saga is not good for AFC. Aside from leaving us without the main striker it is just distracting and a bit of an embarrassment. I agree that Auba has been good for us but this is no way to bow out for a player of his calibre (yes I know he has diminished in recent years). I’m really looking forward to having no-drama players and just reading Blogs’ excellent content about just football rather than endless Greek tragedy (no offence Andrew)

Nzini

As an Arsenal and Barca can I hope it goes through.Auba signs and we make top 4

Nzini

Fuck meant fan

Santori

Good enough for Barca or Juve on loan for rest of season but not good enough for Arteta?

You’re having a laugh.

So many assets not used. Guendouzi, Saliba, Torreira…

The owners were not shy of spending (wasting) 50m on White at Edu and Arteta’s behest.

Sooner or later, these over exorbitant and clumsy transfers will return to bite the proverbial Arse much like 72m for Pepe.

Poorly run club.

If Arsenal had any ambition, they’d start with replacing Edu with someone experienced like Overmaars or Campos at Lille.

AddleDale

Auba has caused his own problems. With the exception of catching Covid. But once again the Gunners are caught with a high priced and expensive player who doesn’t want to play for us badly enough.

Wrighty’s hats

Did anyone else notice that Jack is wearing kit number 12 in recent training photos from the Dubai trip? He usually wears JW on his kit at Colney. Am I reading into this too much?

Eric Blair

Yes.

Wrighty’s hats

Haha good to know, cheers

A Different George

Jack is also wearing a wristwatch in training. I think he may some time on his hands. Sorry.

Also, most of the players are wearing light blue (turquoise?) boots, to match their shirts. I have nothing clever to say about this very odd observation.

Wrighty’s hats

I was thinking along the lines of could it be possible that they had given him a squad number under the radar so that we would have an extra option in midfield if we don’t manage to find anyone during the transfer window (merits of said imaginary decision aside).

jon

I think Aubameyang is our best forward. But I start to question our 4-2-3-1 system (also preferred by Wenger). It somehow fails to create enough chances. In 4-3-3, Auba would score more. We might see that if he goes to Barcelona.

Karl

Well. We didnt get the one we wanted the most. Id say we better play youngsters and wait for a real world class forward in the summer or something like that. not impressed by the other rumors a bit sad to say.

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