Arsenal have reportedly finalized on Pierre Aubameyang’s future as Chelsea winger, Willian Borges da Silva closes in on Gunners switch.
The North London club have reportedly finalized on their Captain’s future with Chelsea on the other hand wave goodbyes to Brazilian Winger, Willian Borges da Silva but ESPN reporter believes the club should be cautious of their decisions.
Gunners current decisions on aged players have made ESPN football expert, Gabriele Marcotti believe the club might be digging their own grave as Arsenal edges closer to finalizing deal for second Chelsea-ageing player after claiming David Luiz when there was no longer spots for him.
According to reports, Arsenal have resolved to the conclusion of handing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a 3-year extension deal with the Gabonese player a major role in the just concluded season.Embed from Getty Images
With a total of 54 goals under the Gunners shirt, Aubameyang is currently considered an integral part of the club but Marcotti thinks the younger version of the team should be considered the most.
Auba is 31 and Willian will be 32 tomorrow and the ESPN expert stressed on the importance of Arsenal avoiding losing their mid-20s stars to free transfers due to the hunger to perform.
“Its important Arsenal don’t lose players in the mid-20s to free transfers, but when you get to players of Aubameyang’s age, if you are to keep them around you keep them around on your terms,” he told Sky Sports. “You keep them around because they add something.Embed from Getty Images
“On the face of it, a front three of Aubameyang, (Alexandre) Lacazette and Willian is all well and good but what do you do with the other guys? Are the likes of (Bukayo) Saka and (Gabriel) Martinelli going to get enough minutes to grow?
“These are decisions clubs have got to make and, in Arsenal’s case, it seems very unusual because these are the kind of moves clubs make when they think they are a player or two away from really competing. But that’s not where Arsenal are.
“They are not swimming in money, there was no Champions League football last season or next year. Their players took a 7.5 per cent pay cut, had they not won the FA Cup it would have been a 12.5 per cent pay cut.Embed from Getty Images
“This is a very unusual approach Arsenal are taking, unless they know something we don’t, like they know they are going to receive a figure for Aubameyang they are comfortable with or they are going to sell or extend Lacazette’s deal.”
He added: “They say Willian is going to get a three-year deal. Willian turns 32 on Sunday, does he need to be given a three-year deal? Might it not make sense to give him a shorter deal plus an option?Embed from Getty Images
“It seems like a massive commitment for a winger. There are not many wingers who remain as effective when they get to 33, 34, 35. These are all things I find unusual.”
- Source: Skysports