Arsenal News: Arsenal’s manager Mikel Arteta is under new pressure now. The fans are questioning Arteta’s decision to allow his top forward to leave the Emirates without having a proper replacement. Arteta let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave Arsenal and play for FC Barcelona. Barcelona was quick to accept him at Camp Nou.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 291 club goals during his career. He was the top player for Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal. Aubameyang has scored 92 goals for the Gunners in 163 appearances. He was suddenly stripped off from the captain’s position at Emirates and that suggested a rift between Arteta and Aubameyang.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick for FC Barcelona in their match against Valencia on Sunday. Barcelona won the match 4-1 with Aubameyang finding the net three times. This added to the scrutiny of Arteta’s decision. He has been facing a lot of backlash following Aubameyang’s departure to LaLiga.
The thing that is hurting the Gunners most is the fact that Aubameyang moved to Barcelona on a free transfer. A player like Aubameyang could have gone for a huge deal to Arsenal but he was sent to Spain without Arsenal taking a single penny for him.
Arsenal News: Football Pundits furious with Arteta
Football Pundits and experts are calling this move a disaster. They are blaming Arteta for his decision to let Aubameyang leave Arsenal. After his hat-trick against Valencia, this decision has been further criticized. Aubameyang did not play for Arsenal since December and then he moved to FC Barcelona.
“Furious with Arteta for giving him away to do this elsewhere. What a terrible, terrible decision.” tweeted broadcaster Piers Morgan after Aubameyang’s hat-trick against Valencia. Further, Barcelona’s captain Sergio Busquets’ statement regarding Aubameyang’s free transfer as a ‘gift’ increased the scrutiny for Arteta.
The Gunners are still getting back on track with their matches. They won their recent encounter with Brentford 2-0. Their forwards are doing well in matches. Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka both are on the list of the top five goal scorers this season in the Premier League.
Arsenal last played in the Champions League in the 2016-17 season. They lost to Bayern Munich in the Round of-16 and after that; they haven’t tasted the pitch of a Champions League game.
The Gunners are getting back on track slowly
Arteta will look forward to getting a spot in the top four this season so that Arsenal can be back in the Champions League. They are currently in sixth position, just three points behind Manchester United who is in fourth.
Arsenal already has three games in hand and they have a real chance of qualifying for the Champion League. The Gunners are getting back on track slowly and they will give their all to get a spot in the top four.
Former Arsenal defender William Gallas said that if Arsenal doesn’t finish in the top four, then it will be a failure for Mikel Arteta. The Gunners started their season on a really bad note. They were in the relegation zone after the first international break.
The Gunners have bounced back well and are proving their worth in the Premier League. Arteta may be criticized for his decision with Aubameyang, but he has a chance to prove all his critics wrong by getting a Champions League spot for Arsenal.