PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG proved to be an expensive setback for Arsenal after signing a lucrative contract extension in 2020.
By that time, the deal was well done and The Gunners spent big to avoid the setbacks surrounding Alex Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey leaving the club.
Determined not to lose his captain, Arsenal have offered Aubameyang a £350,000-a-week deal which he signed after a summer spent weighing options elsewhere.
And Arsenal could wish he had made a different decision since his form was a MASSIVE success after that deal.
He went on to score 14 Premier League goals before leaving the club this week – Arsenal to pay £7m to cancel his contract.
That means Arsenal have spent £1.2m per goal since Aubaemang extended his contract.
Aubameyang also threatened to derail Arsenal’s season with his indiscipline, prompting Mikel Arteta to drop him from the team.
The Spaniards managed to control the situation by stripped of Aubameyang’s captaincy and kicked him out of the first team, allowing the rest of his team to focus on winning games.
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Arsenal then made the decision to remove the striker’s huge salary from the salary bill – cancel his contract to allow him to sign for Barcelona.
And the club chose not to spend big to get a replacement, because of the activation Alexander Isak .’s £76m release clause considered too great a risk.
But signing a new striker will certainly be Arteta’s top plan as Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are out of contract in the summer.
Nketiah was linked with Newcastle on the last day but Arteta stepped in to block the movement.
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