By Gabriel Agbonlahor

6th Feb, 2022 | 8:00am

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deserves 'credit' after Arsenal 'tragedy' averted - pundit

It would have been a “tragedy” if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did not leave Arsenal, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker insisted Aubameyang deserved “credit” for taking a pay-cut to join Barcelona.

BBC Sport reported yesterday (31 January) the 32-year-old has signed a deal with the Spanish giants on less money.

It is claimed the striker may only earn €2million this season rather than the almost €9million he would have received at Arsenal.

He has not featured for the Gunners since the beginning of December after a disciplinary breach that saw him stripped of the captaincy.

“Arteta was never going to play him for the club again,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“It would have been a tragedy if he had stayed because Arsenal would have been paying him £350,000-a-week and he was never going to play.

“It works for the club and it works for Aubameyang. He’s probably sick and tired of training on his own and now he gets to go to the best club in the world, for me, and play under Xavi.

“There’s talk of him taking a pay cut to go there, maybe it went down to £200,000-a-week or £250,000-a-week.

“You’ve got to give credit to Aubemeyang for going and having the hunger to play. Other players would have stayed at Arsenal for the next few months.

“He’s got a fresh start now. He’s at an iconic club. I’m happy for him to get that move.

“Players can get treated badly and this is a case where he was treated badly.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed Arteta and Stan Kroenke could be ‘building something special’ after Arsenal images emerge.