Punctuality apparently is not Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s sturdy swimsuit, and it is price him the Arsenal captaincy.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has eliminated Aubameyang as Arsenal captain following the striker’s newest breach of membership guidelines. It’s not the first time he has been disciplined for such offenses, with comparable points surfacing at his present membership and beforehand with Borussia Dortmund. The German aspect finally grew drained of Aubameyang’s antics and transferred him to Arsenal, a transfer which additionally gave the impression to be the desired end result for the participant.
Could that identical destiny be in retailer for Aubameyang at Arsenal?
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When will Aubameyang play once more for Arsenal?
The membership introduced that Aubameyang won’t be obtainable for choice for the Matchday 17 Premier League assembly with West Ham.
There has been no phrase on any suspension or banishment past that, and it could appear that given the reported nature of the violation (late return from a certified journey), any additional punishment could be harsh.
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Aubameyang may return as early as Saturday, Dec. 18 when Arsenal is slated to play Leeds United on the highway, with a house EFL Cup match in opposition to Sunderland set for simply three days later.
Arteta can even want Aubameyang for the busy festive season, with 5 matches to go between now and the finish of the month. Arteta has been using Eddie Nketiah up entrance extra often of late, consuming into Aubameyang’s minutes even previous to the disciplinary incident.
Should Aubameyang settle for his punishment and make a return, he could be an necessary half of the Arsenal lineup over the subsequent few weeks. But there is not any telling what impression the sanctions and the media consideration of latest days may have had on the participant, his teammates and the relationship together with his supervisor.
What is Aubameyang’s contract scenario at Arsenal?
Aubameyang’s present contract with Arsenal may assist inform what choices the Gunners may entertain when it comes to the participant’s future at the membership.
The 32-year-old signed a brand new three-year contract in September of 2020, which means his present deal expires in June of 2023, when he might be set to show 34.
That’s necessary as a result of it implies that if the Gunners don’t transfer the Gabonese striker this winter, he’ll enter the summer season with only one yr left on his conract, and his market worth would presumably plummet barring a stellar remaining season.
Should Arsenal fail to dump him in the summer season, he would play out the remaining yr of his contract and be eligible to signal a pre-contract settlement with one other membership in the winter of 2023.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Arsenal:
163 video games 📝
92 objectives ⚽️
21 assists 🎯
1 Golden Boot 🥅
1 Trophy 🏆
— Arsenal Presser (@APresserV2) December 14, 2021
Will Arsenal transfer Aubameyang in January?
It’s laborious to say for positive what the winter holds for Aubameyang, but when the membership goes to dump his hefty wages, now might be the time. The longer the Gunners wait, the much less they will realistically count on for a possible transfer charge.
However, at 32 years previous, in comparatively poor kind (simply 4 objectives in 14 Premier League appearances this season), and coming off a disciplinary situation, his worth has already taken successful. Arsenal may see extra worth in having him play out the the rest of his contract and permitting him to stroll free of charge in 2023.
Tabloids in each England and Spain have already begun musing about attainable transfer locations, with Barcelona’s identify surfacing. And the Catalan membership may make sense for a quantity of causes.
Aubameyang is more likely to command a comparatively cheap transfer hit which might swimsuit Barca’s strained monetary scenario. The Blaugrana at present sit in eighth in the La Liga desk, and so they have struggled to fabricate objectives, a scenario solely made worse by the reported pressured retirement of Sergio Aguero. However, Aubameyang would additionally include elevated wages, which might be problematic for Barcelona given the aforementioned monetary constraints.
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Other golf equipment named have been Real Madrid and Chelsea, however there are explanation why each could be unlikely. Madrid comfortably leads La Liga and has no points in the scoring division. And though a reunion with Aubameyang’s former Dortmund coach, Thomas Tuchel, makes for a pleasant narrative, Champions League holder Chelsea can be wanting sturdy, at present sitting simply two factors out of the prime spot.
As unlikely because it appears, it is also attainable that Arsenal may mend the scenario, giving Aubameyang a season-and-a-half to make a case for extending his keep. In this situation, he’d have a lot to show on the discipline to persuade the membership he’s not starting to say no.
All issues thought-about, it appears like the clock is ticking on Aubameyang’s Arsenal profession.