Arsenal are in a corner and will have to accept 'bad' Aubameyang deal after Arteta talks - pundit
Arsenal will be forced to accept a “bad deal” for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward suggested Aubameyang may seal a last-minute exit from Arsenal during the transfer window.
The Daily Mail reported yesterday (25 January) Mikel Arteta has jetted out to Denver to discuss the striker’s future with owner Stan Kroenke.
The Gabon international has not featured for the Gunners since a disciplinary breach saw him stripped of the captaincy in December.
It is claimed it is only the Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal that have made a concrete offer for Aubameyang.
“He’s not going to move unless the move is right for him,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“It’s hard because of his wages. If Arsenal are going to let him go, they’re going to want maybe £200,000-a-week of his wages paying, at least.
“But the longer the transfer window goes on they might accept less because £100,000-a-week is better than nothing.
“It might be a case of on the last day, Aubameyang ends up going. A club might offer £80,000-a-week and no loan fee and they get him that way.
“Clubs will be very clever with Aubameyang, they know Arsenal won’t let him back into their squad so why would you pay a loan fee when you know he’s going to sit there for three months?
“If you know he was going to be part of the squad, then you might accept paying a loan fee.
“Arsenal have been put into a corner and will have to accept a bad deal for them.”