‘There’ll be a problem with Aubameyang after this’: Gary Neville thinks Mikel Arteta could SELL Arsenal captain with relationship turning ‘sour’ after Eddie Nketiah was brought on before him in Everton loss – as veteran misses big late chance
- Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started on the bench vs Everton
- Eddie Nketiah, 22, who is set to leave, came on as a substitute before the skipper
- The Gabonese striker then had a last-gasp chance to equalise but shot well wide
- And pundit Gary Neville claimed Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants to sell him
- Neville stated the relationship between the pair is ‘awkward’ and may get worse
Gary Neville has insisted Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta would sell captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if given the opportunity.
The Gunners captain was dropped to the bench for Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat against Everton, with 22-year-old Eddie Nketiah – set to leave the club – coming on as a substitute before the skipper, who got five minutes at the end.
And after Gabonese striker missed a glorious late chance to equalise at Goodison Park, pundit Neville claimed the situation between Aubameyang and Arteta was ‘awkward’ and could ‘sour’ further.
The Gunners skipper was dropped to the substitutes’ bench against Everton at Goodison Park on Tuesday night, and then missed a glorious late chance to score after being substituted on
Gary Neville has claimed Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wants to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
He said: ‘I think there’ll be a problem with Aubameyang after this. I don’t think he’ll like the idea of Nketiah coming on or being subbed full stop.
‘There’s always a little bit of a bug between Arteta and Aubameyang, I know he’s the captain but he leaves him out and it feels like something a bit awkward.
‘It’s going to cause a problem and I bet if he could get a bit of money for him and get someone else they would.
‘And I bet if Aubameyang could he would move on as as well because it could turn a little sour.’
And Neville insisted relations between Arteta (right) and Aubameyang could ‘sour’ further
Arsenal went ahead through Martin Odegaard’s neat volley in first-half stoppage time, but once again collapsed, conceding two late goals to fall to defeat against the struggling Toffees.
Aubameyang, 32, one of the highest paid players at the club, has only scored four league goals this season and the club are reportedly looking to buy another forward.
Lille’s Jonathan David and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin – missing with injury at Goodison – are on their wanted list.
Alexandre Lacazette, who started up front, has also been linked with an exit, which would leave only Aubameyang and 20-year-old Folarin Balogun as striking options.
Eddie Nketiah (left), set to leave the club, was brought on before Arteta turned to Aubameyang
And Neville suggested Arteta’s snub of his skipper could worsen relations between the pair
Former Saint-Etienne star Aubameyang has generally scored regularly since signing for around £55million from Borussia Dortmund back in January 2018.
His goalscoring apex came two seasons ago, in 2019-20, when he scored 29 goals in all competitions, including 22 Premier League goals – which left him joint second with Danny Ings behind Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy with 23.
Following that excellent campaign, the then 31-year-old signed a bumper three-year contract extension at the Emirates on a reported £400,000-a-week deal.
The following season failed to hit the same heights, amid accusations Aubameyang was resting on his laurels after getting a big contract.
Despite coming on late, Aubameyang had a fantastic chance to score – but screwed it wide
Arteta may make another ruthless transfer decision and look to sell Aubameyang in January
That was a situation comparable to former Gunners team-mate Mesut Ozil, who went off the boil dramatically after signing a record £350,000-a-week contract.
Aubameyang, who was largely played out of position on the left wing last year to accommodate Lacazette, is clearly struggling to retain the faith of manager Arteta.
Although the Gunners have impressed at points this season, they currently lie in seventh, behind Manchester United and fierce local rivals Tottenham.
Both of those sides went through such bad periods of form they sacked their respective managers Nuno Espirito Santo and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.