A number of Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to give their thoughts on comments made about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future by the president of the Gabon FA.
The 30-year-old is arguably the Gunners’ most important player, having scored 20 goals in all competitions this season and taking over the Gunners team captaincy.
Since his £56million move to the Emirates Stadium in January 2018, Aubameyang has registered a massive 61 goals and 13 assists for Arsenal in all competitions.
However, Aubameyang’s current Arsenal contract expires at the end of the 2020-21 season and talks over a new deal have failed to yield a breakthrough.
The Gunners face a huge battle to qualify for the Champions League, eight points separating them from fourth-placed Chelsea, and even a Europa League spot is far from certain.
There are concerns over whether Aubameyang would want to remain at Arsenal long-term in that case, or even whether they could afford a new contract without European competition money.
If Arsenal can’t get him to sign a new deal, they will have to think about cashing in on him in the summer, or keeping him at the club where he would be able to run his contract down and leave on a free next summer.
Gabon FA president Pierre Alain Mounguengui has now urged the national talisman to leave the Gunners for a club playing in the Champions League.
“I don’t want to say that Arsenal aren’t ambitious, but Arsenal don’t have ambitions as high as some other clubs as far as Europe is concerned,” Mounguengui told ESPN. “So if Pierre could secure a contract with a more ambitious club, he would definitely find his place there.
“On an individual level, we all consider him to be among the best players in the world, but the advice I give to him is to continue to work and to attract the attention of the biggest clubs and the most ambitious clubs.
“Aubameyang is a world-class player. But for him, or anyone else in Europe who hasn’t won a major honour, football is a collective sport. Right now, he’s at Arsenal, and he’s won nothing here, so it’s a collective failing.”
Here is what some Arsenal fans have said in response on social media:
Sometimes they talk too much to seek attention other times
They talk and it makes sense this one it’s making alot of sense
— Brian Mwendwa (@MatteoMwendwa) April 11, 2020
And rightly so. He deserves to win things in his final years. He gave his all for us, that’s all we could ask for.
— Mr Z (@Essex_Gunner) April 11, 2020
— solygaz (@solygaz) April 11, 2020
— 13th Beat (@13thBeat) April 11, 2020
Does he know what happened when the Chile fans said Sanchez should leave Arsenal to improve?
— PhilBish14 (@PhilBish14) April 11, 2020
Let just tell ourselves the gospel truth
Arsenal aren’t ambitious as high as other clubs
The board are not serious at all. Imagine Chelsea of yesterday, see what they have achieved. The way am seeing arsenal I don’t think they will win something in the next 10yrs.
— Anyika Odera Christian (@authochris) April 11, 2020