Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should leave ‘average’ Arsenal this summer, suggests former Gunner Emmanuel Petit. The Gabon striker became the club’s most expensive player in the club’s history when he completed a €65m move from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.
While Aubameyang’s statistics are impressive (61 goals in 99 appearances), Arsenal has not been performing well. The club missed out on the Champions League twice in a row and with a current tenth place in the Premier League a third consecutive season without the biggest European tournament looks very likely.
The forward’s current deal will run out in the summer of 2021 and Arsenal face a stiff challenge to renew and extend that deal. If they fail to reach an agreement soon, they could be forced to sell Aubameyang during the summer transfer window. While such a departure would be another major set-back for Arsenal, Petit says he would not have any hesitation in walking away from the club.
“If I was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, I would leave Arsenal”, the former France international told Paddy Power. “There is some quality in this team but when you arrive at the club nowadays you want to do great things. But, come on guys, Arsenal is not the same any more. It’s becoming an average club. I feel so sorry for the fans and all the people who love the club. I feel sorry for the former players that try to uphold the Arsenal reputation.”
“But I don’t feel sorry for the players – I think 75% of them at the club at the moment don’t deserve to wear that shirt. They should look at themselves in the mirror and show some pride.” Arsenal will play away at Southampton on Thursday and hope to overcome to consecutive losses since the return of the Premier League at St. Mary’s.