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Arsenal boss Arteta on not replacing Aubameyang

Sat 05 March 2022 | 13:36

The Gunners let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave for the Blaugrana in January, and the club manager has supported their dealings.

Mikel Arteta

has backed the decision to allow

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

make a move to

Barcelona

and not sign a replacement in January.

When the 32-year-old’s captaincy was taken away from him due to some disciplinary problems and

Arsenal

permitted him to leave on a free transfer.

Aubameyang, who reached an agreement with Barcelona to have a pay cut in his deal, did not feature for the Gunners after December 6, but he showed off a significant form with the Blaugrana.

The Gabon international scored a hat-trick when his side vanquished Valencia 4-1 and he became the fourth player to net in La Liga, the Premier League, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 in this century.

He then met the back of the net against Napoli and Athletic Bilbao, becoming

La Liga

’s first African player to net in three matches in a row across all competitions, after Youssef En-Nesyri did for Sevilla in March 2021.

Arteta, however, does not regret his side’s decision to let him depart.

"

We always make decisions in the best interests of the club and to get the best performances from the team,"

Arteta told

Sky Sports

when asked about Aubameyang's exit.

"We made that decision as three parties. One was the club, one was Auba, and the other was Barcelona. The three of us believed it was the right thing to do.

"That was a possibility, but I think when you have a clear direction and process of how you make your decisions, you have to be ruthless."

The decision made some Arsenal fans angry and Arteta added:

"You have to have a certain courage and consistency in those decisions.

"If one decision is to only bring in players we can afford, who are going to make the team much better straight away, and who are sustainable for our future, then that should be the case.

"So, even if you are tempted to do something, but you think it's going to bring you trouble in the coming months or years, you should not do it. I think we were brave not to do it."

Arsenal have been doing well after his departure as they won seven of their nine games in the Premier League since the last time Aubameyang featured. Lacazette has replace him on the left and the manager is satisfied with the 30-year-old’s performance, who is also the captain for now.

"

Laca has a really important quality, which is that he makes the people around him better,"

Arteta said.

"He understands the game really well, he's a really intelligent player and his work-rate is phenomenal.

"I think he's been very unlucky not to score another four, five, six goals in this period. We want to give him the confidence and he will do that but, for me, he scored last week against Wolves. He was there to make the final action to win the match."

Arsenal will lock horns with Watford on Sunday as they aim to get a Champions League spot.


source: SportMob

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