Manchester United legend Gary Neville has criticised Arsenal’s handling of the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer saga, suggesting they’ve got no one else but themselves to blame for ending up in the situation they’re in.
The Gunners face losing Aubameyang on a free transfer at the end of next season as he approaches the end of his contract, and Neville says it was a mistake for the club to pay so much for him and not get him on a longer deal when he first came in.
Aubameyang has been a world class performer for Arsenal and would be a huge loss if he were to leave on a cut-price deal this summer or on a Bosman in a year’s time, but this is a situation that the north Londoners seem to find themselves in time and time again.
Discussing Arsenal’s latest transfer blunder, pundit Neville told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Daily Mirror: “It feels to me that if you pay £60million for someone, to have him sort of leaving or in a position where he can leave, I think Arsenal find themselves in this position far too often.
“I think a three-year deal for someone who cost £60m you’d at least want that fourth year so you can control him and if he does well in those first two years, which he has.
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“So that’s the mistake they’ve made with Aubameyang on day one, the fact that they’re in this position now is through mistakes they’ve made previously.
“I think Arsenal are in a position where the player is going to call the shots. Yes they could keep him for another year but then he leaves for nothing.”