EPL: You’ve got what you deserve – Paul Merson slams Arsenal over Aubameyang
Arsenal legend, Paul Merson has slammed former captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s ‘disrespectful’ behaviour but also insisted that the Gunners have brought the problem on themselves.
Aubameyang was stripped of the captaincy by Mikel Arteta after the Gabonese was accused of a ‘disciplinary breach’.
The Gabon international, according to latest reports, has also been banished from first-team training by the manager.
Merson believes the club should never have handed Aubameyang a new three-year deal last summer, insisting that the 32-year-old’s performances have gone downhill since.
“Arsenal have got what they deserved with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang because they never should have given him that contract,” Merson told the Daily Star.
“He’s on far too much money for his age, he hasn’t been the same player since he signed it, and he shouldn’t come back into the team now in my opinion.
“If anyone offers him £350,000-a-week elsewhere I’d drop him off there but Barcelona have got no money and I don’t see how they could afford even half of his wages.
“Arsenal for me are in this situation again because they let him run down his contract and then gave him a lorryload of money. It’s like Mesut Ozil all over again.
“Aubameyang is a great finisher with great pace. But he’s 32. They must have realised he wasn’t going to get any quicker…”
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