Arsenal’s probability of losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is going up and up, so let’s look at three positive implications of such a sale.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was Arsene Wenger’s great parting gift to Arsenal. It counteracted the trainwreck of Mesut Ozil‘s contract. Aubameyang gave us goals, goals, goals and with only minimal frustration in his poorer matches.
But with his contract dwindling and the Champions League still uncertain, the probability of losing him has increased. His wages just aren’t in the realm of possibility, especially not with the knowledge of how Ozil’s contract situation ended up plaguing the club.
It won’t be fun to see Aubameyang walk out the door, if that is indeed what happens, but it isn’t all bad. In fact, there are quite a few positives that spring up if he is set for an exit. So without dithering any longer, let’s dig into the three most positive implications from selling Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
We start with No. 3.
3. New contracts for others
Aubameyang isn’t exactly cheap as it is. Sure, he isn’t on an Ozil-sized, £350,000 package, but he is making £200,000. That’s a lot of money, and it’s a big chunk of the wages the club has available to spend.
While transfer windows are definitely a time for adding new players, it’s also a time for locking down important players for the future, and the wages freed up by an Aubameyang exit could be a huge addition to any other new contracts we are hoping to fund.
But going back to signing new players, impressive wage packages are a great way to swing anyone on the fence. Don’t act like Thomas Partey or Dayot Upamecano wouldn’t require a healthy contract in order to commit their fortunes to the Emirates. If we can’t afford to up Aubameyang’s wage package, you can bet that, if we kept him, we would absolutely not be able to offer Partey or Upamecano or the gobs of other linked players a desirable paycheck either.
Of course, Ozil is the big hang-up here. Cut that wage debacle and we have all kinds of freedom, but Aubameyang isn’t far away.
On to No. 2.