Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Opens Up On Mikel Arteta Relationship

The Garbon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has opened up on his rocky relationship with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during his presentation as a Barcelona player.

Former Arsenal striker joined Barça on a free transfer on Wednesday.

Bringing a lengthy saga to an end. A few weeks prior to his exit,

Arteta stripped him the Arsenal captaincy for multiple disciplinary breaches and was dropped from the first-team squad, an incident which characterised the pair’s rocky history.

When quizzed about the tail end of his Gunners career on Thursday,


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Aubameyang said:

“[It was] a difficult few months. I’ve never wanted to do anything wrong, it’s in the past.”

Asked if the problem was just with Arteta:

“Yeah, I think it was just with him. I can’t say much, he wasn’t happy, I stayed calm and that’s it.”


Although his time at the Emirates Stadium ended on a sour note.

Aubameyang did enjoy plenty of success during the early portion of his Arsenal career.

Netting 22 Premier League goals in his first two full seasons at the club, as well as bagging the winner in the 2020 FA Cup final.

Barcelona will be hoping he can replicate that form for the rest of the campaign,

though Aubameyang did point out that he may need some time to get back up to speed.


“I haven’t played a game in a long time but it’s very clear in my head that I’ll be ready soon to play and to help.

I know we’re going to get back to the top little by little.”

Seven Big Signings That Could Still Happen This January.

As the January transfer deadline edges closer and closer in what has been a hectic window, clubs all over are itching to secure their signings.

Some clubs wrapped up their business nice and early, whilst the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham have left it very late to announce even one arrival.

Silly season has thrown up plenty of rumours, and deadline day almost always brings an explosion of fake news

There are a number of mooted deals that may actually happen before Monday’s 11 PM deadline.

We’ve’ picked out a bunch of rumour needles from the transfer haystack…


Rodrigo Bentancur – Tottenham

The 24-year-old Uruguay international has been heavily linked with a move from Juventus to Tottenham Hotspur, with a reported £25million deal on the cards.

It is expected that Bentancur will arrive shortly after his Juventus teammate Dejan Kulusevski completes his loan move to North London.

And, the two will add much-needed steel and attacking firepower to the Spurs team.

Bentancur had been previously linked with Aston Villa.

But, after a window that saw Spurs miss out on a number of other targets including Adama Traore, it looks like they’ve salvaged their window.


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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Barcelona

The Arsenal striker, who was stripped of the captaincy in November 2021, and has not featured in any matchday squad since, looks destined to leave the club in January.

The Gabon international turned down interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia, favouring a move to a European club.

Barcelona and Juventus have both made loan bids for the 32-year-old, but both clubs need to shift players before bringing him in.

If Barcelona manage to shift Ousmane Dembele, they can afford to bring in Aubameyang.

If Juventus manage to shift Alvaro Morata, they’ll have room for Aubameyang.

A proper transfer merry-go-round which will likely go to the last hour of the window…


Wout Weghorst – Burnley

After losing Chris Wood to Newcastle earlier in the window, Burnley look to have found their replacement in Wout Weghorst from Wolfsburg.

A 29-year-old Dutch international, Weghorst seems ideal for Burnley’s striking role, as a powerful target man who loves a headed goal.

Standing at nearly two metres tall, Weghorst would be something of a coup for Burnley,

given his strong goal record, with 70 goals in 144 games for Wolfsburg, and would further signify the change in Burnley’s transfer policy.

Burnley were a club who’d almost never sign players from foreign leagues, but the success of summer signing Maxwell Cornet from Lyon seems to have opened the doors for wider scouting.

A reported fee of £12million for Weghorst seems almost too good to be true.

With Mislav Orsic also set to move to Turf Moor, who knows, Sean Dyche might have his eyes on Europe again…


Leandro Trossard – West Ham

A shock move as the deadline approaches, West Ham look desperate to bolster their squad.

And, after having a bid for Kalvin Phillips of Leeds turned down, they have turned to the Belgian midfielder.

The Brighton star has just 18 months left on his contract, but his club may not want to lose such an important player so late in the window.

The 27-year-old has four goals this season, and would provide a quality option as West Ham try to compete in the league and in Europe.

Certainly one to keep an eye on. If Moyes gets his man, the battle for a top-four spot will look very interesting…


Eddie Nketiah – Newcastle

Newcastle are on a spending spree, with a magnificent capture of Bruno Guimaeres from Lyon set to be announced, and their business will certainly not end there.

Desperate to add more depth up front, Eddie Howe’s side have made a move for Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal, and with just six months left on his deal, could move for a relatively low fee.

Given Arsenal’s lack of depth, the deal would likely hinge on whether the Gunners can find a replacement in time.

Newcastle fans will love Nketiah already for what he did to their biggest rivals this season…


Alexander Isaac’s – Arsenal

With Aubameyang and potentially Nketiah set to depart, and Alexandre Lacazette struggling to find the back of the net, a striker is a top priority for Arsenal.

After missing out on Dusan Vlahovic, Mikel Arteta is rumoured to be closely monitoring Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad, who has a release clause of around £80million.

Whether such a big deal can be executed with hardly any time left remains to be seen,

but with Isak being spotted in London over the weekend, Arsenal fans are clinging onto a desperate bit of hope that will see a striker who once linked up immensely well with Martin Odegaard join the club.

Isak has apparently bought a new car in the UK, so don’t rule this one out just yet…


Donny van de Beek – Everton

Crystal Palace looked ready to sign the Dutch midfielder on loan from Manchester United, but are set to be heartbroken at the very last minute.

With Frank Lampard about to be announced as Everton manager, the club made a last-ditch attempt to sign the 24-year-old, giving van de Beek a choice of destination to gain regular playing time.

He had two legendary midfielders to pick from in Patrick Vieira and Lampard, and seems to have chosen Lampard, despite Everton’s woeful campaign so far.

Things could be starting to look up for the Toffees.

Wednesday Transfer Gossip: Aubamenyang, Calvert-Lewin, Vlahovic, Diaz, Bentancur, Tielemans, Alli, Ndombele

  • AC Milan are eyeing a move for Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The 32-year-old Gabon striker is said to have snubbed an offer from Saudi Arabian side . (Football Italia)


  • Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 24, Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, 24, and Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz, 23, are on a transfer wish list drawn up by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. (Athletic – subscription required)


  • Juventus have reached an agreement to sign striker Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina, ending any chance for Arsenal to lure the 21-year-old Serbia international to Emirates Stadium. (Goal)


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  • Everton have emerged as suitors for Tottenham and France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 25. (Sky Sports – via TEAMtalk)


  • Brighton are monitoring Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli with a view to making a loan move for the 25-year-old but Burnley, Everton and Newcastle are also linked with the Englishman. (Mail)


  • Adam Mongtomery is set to join Kilmarnock on loan after Celtic approved the switch to Rugby Park.(Daily record)


  • Motherwell boss Graham Alexander has challenged new recruit Victor Nirennold to win a long term deal at Fir Park.(Daily record)


  • Southampton are also considering a move for Alli. (Telegraph – via Daily Echo)


  • Burnley are closing in on Dinamo Zagreb and Croatia midfielder Mislav Orsic, 29. ((Sky Sports)


  • Liverpool and Manchester City are the clubs most interested in signing 24-year-old Leicester and Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans. (Fichajes – via Leicester Mercury)


  • Newcastle will not be signing Brazilian defender Diego Carlos as Sevilla have decided to keep the 28-year-old. (Fabrizio Romano)


  • But the Magpies have made an offer of around £30m for Lyon and Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, 24. (Daily Mail)


  • Paris St-Germain and Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 31, is open to a move to Arsenal. (Sky Sports – via Daily Mail)


  • Cesar Azpilicueta will not make a definitive decision on his Chelsea future until he meets with the club after the international break.(Mail)


  • Anthony Elanga is eligible to play for England but Sweden are confident the Red Devils winger will stick with them.(Sun)


  • Italian police have launched an investigation into insulting and threatening banners aimed towards Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic following reports that the club’s top scorer has agreed a move to bitter rivals Juventus. (Mail)


  • The Premier League has called a meeting of clubs for Wednesday to decide whether to change the rules on postponements after a series of controversial decisions to call off matches.(Times)


  • Barcelona are close to agreeing a kit sponsorship agreement with Spotify after the music streaming platform’s talks with Arsenal broke down.(Mirror)


  • Burnley are closing in on the £7m capture of Dinamo Zagreb winger Mislav Orsic. (Mail)


  • Brentford have increased their offer for Nottingham Forest midfielder Brennan Johnson and the 20-year-old Welshman is also being monitored by Newcastle. (Independent)


  • West Ham are considering a move for Croatia and Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car, but are being put off by the £20m asking price for the 25-year-old. (Talksport)


  • Newcastle will miss out on Atalanta midfielder Robin Gosens as Juventus look set to sign the 27-year-old Germany international. (Goal)


  • Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, 29, is pushing for a move away from the Emirates, with Newcastle interested in signing the Germany international on a loan deal until the end of the season. (Football.london)


  • Newcastle have made a €40m (£33.5m) offer for Lyon’s defensive midfielder Bruno Guimarães and are awaiting a response from the French club.(Guardian)


  • Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira is now the front-runner to become the next Everton manager following talks with the club’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri. (Telegraph)


  • FIFA should tighten its proposed rules on intermediaries to limit the money made by super-agents, the influential Council of Europe will be told on Wednesday.(Guardian)


  • Tottenham Hotspur are losing more than £165,000 in revenue per home game – the highest in the Premier League – because of unsold match tickets, research has found.(Mail)


  • Covid rules obliging Scottish Premiership clubs to check the vaccine status of half the fans in crowds of 1,000 or more have been scrapped after just two weeks.(Mail)


  • Red Bull Salzburg and USA midfielder Brenden Aaronson, 21, has refused to be drawn on a move to Leeds United. (Yorkshire Post)

Mikel Arteta Does Not Rule Out Aubamenyang For Norwich Match

The Gunner’s boss Mikel Arteta has refused to rule out former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang making an appearance against Norwich on Boxing Day.

The out-of-favour striker has not played for Arsenal since a disciplinary breach saw him stripped of his captaincy and left out left out of matchday squads for recent wins over Southampton, West Ham and Sunderland.

During interviews prior to those matches, Arteta categorically ruled out any chance of the Gabon international making an appearance for his side.

But speaking to the media on Wednesday ahead of the Gunners’ trip to Carrow Road.

The Arsenal manager gave a much more ambiguous answer when asked if Aubameyang might play.

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“We will go game by game and we will decide the squad as we get closer to the game.”

When asked why his answer was less definitive than in previous weeks, Arteta said:

That’s because we usually talk on MD-1, that’s when we decide the squad.

We have shown in this club, everybody can make mistakes and have different ways  of thinking and  acting, i’m completely open to that, it’s not about [having to make an apology].

Arsenal have hardly missed their exiled captain in recent fixtures, having won four games in a row and scored 14 goals in the process.

Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup quarter-final match against Sunderland saw the Gunners score five goals.

Three of which came from Eddie Nketiah, who has now scored five goals in three games in the competition this season.

The youngster is struggling for minutes in the Premier League.

However, and there are reports that he has rejected the offer of a new deal with Arsenal as the end of his contract looms in the summer.

Arteta insists he is keen for the 22-year-old striker to stay at the Gunners.

“With the way he’s training and performing he deserves more minutes regardless of what happens with any other player,”

“Every time we have played him, he has responded with goals, with assists, with his work-rate and he continues to do so.

He is getting better and better every day.
“He has the smell for goals. He knows where the ball is going to land.

His timing, his movement around the box, the capacity he has to finish with different [finishes] like he has today. We are really happy with him.”

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘Needs More Support’ From Mikel Arteta. Says Arsenal Legend Matin Kewown

Arsenal legend Martin Koewn has urged Mikel Arteta to offer misfiring striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang more support in light of his barren spell in front of goal.

The Gabon intentional once again fired a blank in the loss to Everton on Monday, meaning he has now gone six games without a goal.

He has missed several big chances to score in recent matches.

Including a glaring chance to equalise in dying minutes of the 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park.

And Keown believes it’s up to Arteta now to try and turn Aubameyang’s fortunes around as he admitted that his captain may have fallen out of favour in his pecking order.


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Martin Keown:

“He’s fallen out of love with the player, he doesn’t quite believe in him.”

“OK, you’ve given him a new contract six months into his tenure as manager when they won the FA Cup and that’s all well and good, but since then he hasn’t performed in the same way.

“The player is at a loss of form and in those moments, if I look at it from the player’s point of view, you want that support from the manager and want someone to stand by you.

“You certainly expect, if you’ve been dropped, to come on in a game of high importance.

“I do believe that Aubameyang should have started [vs Everton] and I’m trying to find the logic from the manager.

“Personally, I would play him.”

“He’s lost his confidence and it’s about how he regains it.”

“These are all the skills of a manager.

“The top managers find a way. I always found with the top managers I played under that they never wavered, they always showed that undeniable belief for me.

Martin Keown admits Arteta’s big call to drop Aubameyang from the team is only coming back to bite the boss, as it’s not helping Arsenal return to winning ways.

“It becomes a problem when you lose games.”

“They’ve lost the last three away games, and if they were winning those games you’d have to say this is brilliant management but when they don’t win those games, that’s when the question marks come.

“It looks then as though the manager doesn’t quite know the XI he can really trust and rely upon.

“Arsenal away from home at the moment are losing too many games, conceding way too many goals and things are not right.

So you can’t look at those decisions and say they were absolutely right by the manager.”

Arsenal Worst Start In The History. How Arteta Got It Wrong?

The Gunners are bottom of the Premier League and have lost their first three league games without scoring a goal for the first time ever.

Three games, three defeats, nine goals conceded, no goals scored. This is as bad as it gets for Arsenal.

It’s the first time in the club’s long and illustrious 134-year history that they have lost their opening three league games without netting at least once.

This is no blip; this is a full-blown crisis and we haven’t even seen the back of August yet.

It was obvious that Arsenal’s start to the season was going to be difficult,

with a trip to newly promoted Brentford on the opening night followed by back-to-back,

matches against last season’s Champions League finalists, Chelsea and Manchester City.

But nobody would have expected things to be this bad after the opening three games.

Arsenal now head into the international break bottom of the Premier League.

Trust the process, we are constantly told. But what exactly is that process?

Right now, the confused mess we are seeing on the pitch every week makes that a question that is almost impossible to answer.

“I don’t think today is the day to talk about any process,” manager Mikel Arteta said,

when he was pressed on that very subject after Saturday’s 5-0 drubbing at Manchester City.

“We have to talk about the result, what happened on the pitch and that’s it.

“I’ve always said I will be the one [to take responsibility].

I think I’ve been more critical about myself and taking the blame every single time, but only when we have defeats.

“I stand here today and I do exactly the same thing.

I question myself and I have to try and have the right people around me and look at every decision,

that we make, and that I make to try to improve it and change.”

Arteta is fast approaching last-chance saloon territory at Arsenal.

Had he been in charge of a club like Chelsea right now, then there’s no chance that he,

would still be in a job, given the results he suffered last season and the way the current campaign has started.

Yes, Arsenal have only played three games and their squad had been decimated during the early weeks of the season due to injury and a Covid-19 outbreak.

But, there is simply no excuse for the type of performance we witnessed at the Etihad.

Arsenal were inept in every department. They were shambolic at the back and utterly toothless in attack.

They may have played 55 minutes with 10-men after Granit Xhaka’s dismissal,

but the loss of one man should not result in the white flag being raised.

Arsenal had just 19 per cent of possession and they failed to muster a single shot on,

target for the first time since before the 2003-04 season, when Opta records began.

This was a capitulation of epic proportions from a squad that looks totally devoid of any,

sort of ideas and the responsibility for that has to rest with the manager.

“This type of game you have to play with everything, take risks;

we just didn’t do enough and that’s it,” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said after the game.

“We have to talk between us players, it’s important as we are Arsenal and we have to have pride. We have to talk, say the truth, be honest.”

Arsenal face four huge games after the international break.

“Hopefully, we can get some players back,” Arteta said.

“We missed a lot of players in recent weeks. Hopefully, some of them will be back in decent shape.

“It is [now] time to reflect, to look in the mirror, each of us,

and try to change the dynamic straight away because we need to pick up results.”

The return of Thomas Partey will certainly strengthen Arsenal,

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with the midfielder set to return to training next week following the ankle injury which he sustained during pre-season.

Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes should both also be available and the pair will,

surely become the bedrock of a defence which has looked a shambles during the opening weeks of the season.

Arsenal have spent £130 million ($179m) on new signings this summer,

more than any other club in England. Yet only one of those – Martin Odegaard – started at the Etihad.

Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Lokonga and Nuno Tavares were all unused substitutes, while White was absent due to Covid-19.

With Arsenal looking to improve on two successive eighth-placed finishes,

you have to question why so much money has been spent on players who are deemed not ready to make an immediate impact.

And fans will understandably also point to the fact that talented young centre-back,

William Saliba has been sent out on loan again, while Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Kolasinac remain at the club.

So many questionable decisions have been made at Arsenal and right now,

including the farcical situation surrounding Xhaka – who had looked set to leave the club this summer.

He would be a Roma player right now, had the Italian club met asking Arsenal’s asking price.

Xhaka was happy to go and Arteta was willing to let him leave.

Yet not only is the Switzerland international still at the club.

He has been captain in Aubameyang’s absence this season and has also bizarrely been given an extended contract.

Quite why Arteta decided to give the midfielder a pat on the back as he left the field on Saturday,

after his fourth Premier League red card since the start of the 2016/17 season only he will know.

This was the latest in a long line of examples of Xhaka costing his team.

Some may debate whether he should have been sent off, but the fact is,

he gave the referee a decision to make with a reckless tackle when his team-mates were under the cosh and needed him most.

Arteta had a golden opportunity this summer to move on from Xhaka and provide Partey with a new long-term partner in central midfield.

But now the 28-year-old is tied down to a new deal and Arsenal are left with the same,

old problems in an area of the pitch where they have been second best for years.

It’s a baffling situation and one that sums up the confusing way things are currently being dealt with in north London.

Despite all the issues currently facing him, however, Arteta remains convinced he can turn things round.

“I wouldn’t be sitting here [otherwise],” he said in the aftermath of Saturday’s latest embarrassment. But he will know time is running out.

Arsenal’s manager doesn’t just need wins to ease the pressure, he needs performances.

His team have managed just seven shots on target in their opening three games,

that just isn’t acceptable – no matter how many players have been missing.

The embarrassing capitulation against City once again shone a glaring light on the mess that,

Arsenal are in and they now find themselves rooted to the foot of the Premier League for the first time ever after more than two games.

This has to be rock bottom. If it isn’t, then Arteta’s time in charge surely has to come to an end.