Gary Neville believes that the relationship between Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mikel Arteta will have turned sour after what happened against Everton last night.
The Gunners boss dropped his captain after his poor form in front of goal. Aubameyang last scored in the Premier League in August and he looks nothing like his previous self now.
Arteta left him on the bench yesterday and Auba wasn’t even the first-choice substitute. Eddie Nketiah was brought on ahead of him and Neville believes that will cause problems behind the scenes.
Gary Neville: Arsenal boss Arteta would sell Aubameyang
The former Manchester United man, who once labelled Aubameyang as ‘wonderful,’ spoke on Sky Sports after our defeat last night. He claimed that if Arteta could get rid of Auba, he would, and that the Gabon star would jump at the opportunity to leave as well.
Neville said, as quoted by The Athletic: “I think there will be a problem with Aubameyang after this game.
“He won’t like Nketiah coming on before him. There’s always a bit of a bug between him and Arteta.
“It’s turned a little sour and I bet if Arteta could move him on for some money, he would. And, if Aubameyang could get out, he would.”
The Insider’s View:
What has happened to Aubameyang? That’s the question every Arsenal fan has been asking themselves since the start of last season.
Nobody could’ve predicted that the Gabon star would struggle as much as he has over the last 18 months. He was arguably the best striker in the Premier League before the start of last campaign, but since then, his confidence has taken a massive hit. Only he can tell why!
It will be interesting to see what happens with Auba in the summer. He’ll have just a year left on his contract and if his form doesn’t improve, it will be difficult to justify keeping him. However, he is on massive wages and there aren’t many clubs in the world who would be willing to match that salary next year.