Talksport pundit and former Ireland striker, Tony Cascarino, believes Arsenal need a massive change in contracts after the club gave Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a mega-money deal this summer.
The Gabon striker signed a new contract with the Gunners, said to be worth £250k-a-week in standard wages, rising to £350k-a-week with bonus payments included.
But Aubameyang has struggled this season in the main and cut a frustrated figure once again this week as the Gunners drew 0-0 at home to Crystal Palace.
And speaking on Talksport this morning, Cascarino says he is worried Arsenal are following a similar path to that they have had with Mesut Ozil.
“There’s got to be a huge change at Arsenal. I’ve got a strange feeling and I feel awkward talking about Aubameyang”, he said.
“He’s got an incredible goalscoring record but I feel like it’s Ozil 2.0. They’ve given him a ridiculous contract that’s so big. I’m not convinced that Arsenal can keep going down this road of paying this wage that is way above others at the football club.”
Former Premier League supremo Richard Garlick has been appointed by the Gunners this week and Cascarino touched on the fact contracts are something the Arsenal new-boy will have to take a grasp of quickly.
The Gunners take on Newcastle United on Monday evening in a game they’ll once again expect to win.
TBR View: A good point this, Aubameyang should at least be repaying that deal
At the time, it was seen as so important for Aubameyang to sign a new deal. Where else were Arsenal going to get that level of player without paying absurd amounts of money?
But now, it looks like money wasted. He’s been a shadow of the player he was and Cascarino is right to bring up the Ozil comparison.
The Gunners need more from their talisman and they need it quickly.