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Darren Bent asked if Arsenal regret letting Aubameyang leave the club
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Darren Bent asked if Arsenal regret letting Aubameyang leave the club

Darren Bent has told talkSPORT that Arsenal still made the right decision letting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave as he continues to impress with Barcelona.

Aubameyang has now scored five goals in his last three appearances in all competitions, including a hat-trick against Valencia. It is an absolutely superb start following his move to the Nou Camp after the January transfer window.

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Of course, Aubameyang’s form will not have escaped the attention of Arsenal fans. The Gunners continue to remain in pole position in the top-four race in the Premier League. However, goals have been an issue.

Mikel Arteta’s men have not scored more than two in a game since December. And of course, they scored one goal in five games in January while Aubameyang was ostracised.

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‘Right decision’

Neither Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah have been prolific this season. And with that, some may be tempted to wonder whether Arsenal made an error letting Aubameyang leave – particularly given his current form for Barca.

However, Bent has insisted that Arsenal still made the right decision letting Aubameyang go, claiming that the Gabon international’s form would not have been as good had he stuck around.

“No they won’t [regret it] because he wasn’t showing that kind of form at Arsenal. I think he’d gone stale there. Clearly, he wasn’t happy at Arsenal. Arteta didn’t think he featured in their plans,” he told talkSPORT.

“He’s gone to Barcelona, he looks rejuvenated. He looks like he’s got a point to prove, he scoring goals. And I’d expect that, a lot of strikers go to new clubs and hit the ground running. That’s exactly what he’s done.

“But he wouldn’t have had the same impact at Arsenal as he’s having at Barcelona because it just looked like it had come to the end. He was frustrated, the club was frustrated. It was the right decision for both parts.”

Arsenal mistake was not letting Aubameyang leave

Bent is surely right to suggest that Arsenal were still right to let Aubameyang go.

Arteta previously labelled him ‘phenomenal‘. But he had been in really poor form long before his exit was confirmed. And clearly, Arteta did not feel that keeping him around was helping the squad.

The mistake Arsenal did make however, was surely not signing a replacement. It was certainly a huge risk when there is a fantastic opportunity to secure a top-four spot.

Lacazette and Nketiah have three Premier League goals between them this season. Reports have claimed that they have wanted a host of names, including Alexander Isak.

Obviously, it would have been a huge ask to get someone like Isak to the Emirates in January.

But Bent notes that strikers sometimes benefit from a change of scene. So perhaps Arsenal did not even need to target the most in-form option in January.

That is surely the decision the fans will fear coming back to haunt them, rather than letting Aubameyang leave.

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