Your Arsenal morning digest on Saturday, December 25.
Aubameyang prediction made
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is unlikely to play for the club again according to former Premier League striker Noel Whelan.
“Look, you never say never,” Whelan told the Football Insider when asked about whether Aubameyang would play again.
“But Mikel Arteta is stubborn and a real disciplinarian and Aubameyang simply hasn’t matched up to his expectations. He’s shown that disrespect to the players and to the staff – and not for the first time.
“It seems unlikely he will be coming back from this one and play for Arsenal again. I think Arteta will stick to his guns. He’s set the standard and when players break that trust, it’s going to be very hard to win it back.”
Arteta reveals transfer plans
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said it is unlikely the club will make any signings during the January transfer window, despite the Gunners’ surprise top-four push.
“I don’t think we are going to be able to sign players just for this short period of time,” said Arteta.
“I think it’s a little bit unrealistic. But we will sit down now and make the right decision if we can.”
The summer transfer window saw Arsenal splash over £140 million on new arrivals, with many making a huge impact on their season so far.
A striker is seemingly high on Arteta’s future wish list with Ollie Watkins, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Dusan Vlahovic just three names to be linked.
Arteta slammed for Aubameyang treatment
Gabriel Agbonlahor has slammed Arteta for the punishments handed down to striker Aubameyang in recent weeks, after the player was stripped of the captaincy and told to train alone.
“Arteta has done well as a manager but I think his treatment of players can be a bit too wild for me,” he told Football Insider.
“For the offence Aubameyang has committed I think he’s been overly punished. It’s been overkill. You’d think he’d committed a massive crime.
“But then you banish him to train on his own is massive overkill. That’s crazy. It’s like Arteta’s on a power trip. They’ve been winning games so he’s thought ‘Ok, I’m just going to keep him out’.”