Jeremie Aliadiere blasts Arsenal for giving Mikel Arteta ‘no option’ but to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_img Comment Jeremie Aliadiere says Arsenal have repeated mistakes of the past (Picture: Getty)That leaves Aubameyang with just 13 months to run on his existing deal and Arsenal face losing him on a free in 2021. AdvertisementAdvertisementAliadiere believes the club cannot afford to lose the striker on a free and says Arsenal’s poor management has left Arteta with a huge problem as he has to now sell his biggest player.‘They’ve got to sell him, 100 per cent,’ Aliadiere said. ‘Arsenal can’t keep losing players on a free. To be honest, I still can’t believe we’ve again got a top player, our captain, going into the summer only having one year left on his contract.‘For me, it has to be sorted when he gets to two years. Last summer he should have signed a deal or been sold. Because when you get down to one year left, in a player’s mind there is a difference. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 19 May 2020 10:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link160Shares Jeremie Aliadiere blasts Arsenal for giving Mikel Arteta ‘no option’ but to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Advertisementcenter_img Arteta could lose his most valuable asset (Picture: Getty)‘If I was Aubameyang and I knew I only had one year left, I would sacrifice one year of my career to go on a free and get paid a ridiculous amount of money and have all the clubs in the world chasing me. Who wouldn’t?”‘That’s why I just think it’s wrong management yet again,” Aliadiere added. “It should be sorted at two years. You should not let a player end up with a year left on his contract, especially a player like Aubameyang.‘It’s not right. I just think players are playing on it, they keep letting negotiations drag on and the next thing you know, he’s just got one year left.‘And now, how much are we going to sell him for with one year left? Arsenal are in the worst position you can imagine again because you’ve got a top quality player who assures you of 20-25 Premier League goals a season who is one year away from leaving on a free.‘Or, he gets sold to Barcelona or Real Madrid and for what? How much can you expect for him now? Nothing compared to what if you’d sold him last summer. They could have asked for £100 million.’MORE: Danny Rose claims Premier League players are being treated like ‘lab rats’ over Project Restart Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 13 months to run on his deal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s poor management has given Mikel Arteta no option but to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.That’s the view of former Gunners forward, who believes the club have made the same mistake with the Gabon striker as they did with Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie, who they sold for cut-price fees. Aubameyang became Arsenal’s record signing in 2018 when he signed in a £56m deal from Dortmund and he’s hit 61 goals in 97 appearances for the Gunners. However, talks over a new deal with Aubameyang have failed to progress and the former Lille ace rejected the club’s last offer.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

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Freshmen power Pitt’s rout of New Orleans, 99-57

first_imgPitt: Played its first game without Sidy N’Dir, who will miss four to six weeks with a right leg injury. Khameron Davis saw increased playing time in his absence. Davis finished with seven points in 15 minutes. PITTSBURGH (AP) — When Jeff Capel took over the Pittsburgh basketball program, the strength of his first recruiting class was a sign that he might be able to get the Panthers back on the right track.Guards Xavier Johnson, Trey McGowens and AuDiese Toney have been an integral part of Pitt’s 9-3 start to the season 9-3, and they still seem to have untapped potential.Thursday night they gave a sneak peek at what the future may hold, as the three combined for a school-record 65 points in a 99-57 drubbing of New Orleans. McGowens set a career high with 24 points, Johnson had 21 points and Toney set a career high with 20 points. They also combined for 11 rebounds and 10 assists.“They’ve all played well, but they’re freshmen,” Capel said. “They’ve been up and down. They’ve had moments where they looked really good. They’ve had other moments when they’ve looked like freshmen. Tonight was a night where they all looked pretty good.”The Panthers took a 26-point lead into the half and then built upon it in the second period. An 11-0 run just past the halfway point of the second period pushed the Pitt advantage to 38 points.The Privateers entered the game fourth in the nation in turnovers forced and steals per game, but it was the Panthers that did the pilfering. Pitt forced 22 turnovers and got 32 points off turnovers, compared to just six for New Orleans as the young Panthers thrived off turning defense into offense.“Defense and confidence,” Johnson said. “Our confidence is high as freshmen. This if our first time playing together. We’re getting better and better.”Guard Bryson Robinson had 11 points to lead New Orleans.The game was the 300th played at Pitt’s Petersen Events Center. The Panthers own 247-53 record in the building, which opened in 2002.BIG PICTURENew Orleans: The Privateers have struggled away from home all season and are 0-4 with a minus-95 point differential on the road and are 5-1 with a plus-126 point differential at home. The change in venue has coincided with a change in level of competition. New Orleans has played at Northwestern, Tulsa and UAB while hosting mostly lower-level opponents.“For us to get this program back to where we were in the 80s and 90s, we have to play a national schedule,” head coach Mark Slessinger said. “As a one-bid conference right now, we have to be really, really good in the tournament and prepare ourselves.” Xavier Johnson (AP Photo/File) “His energy, when he got in the game, was contagious,” Capel said.ADDING ONPitt’s 42-point margin of victory was the most for the team in over three years and Pitt’s third win of 30 or more points this season. The Panthers didn’t have any such wins in the last two seasons.“That’s something we talked about at halftime,” Capel said. “We don’t want to play the score. We’re trying to build these habits. Every minute for us is important.”UP NEXTNew Orleans: Will play its third and final major-conference opponent of the season at Baylor on Dec. 29.Pitt: Will wrap up its non-conference schedule by hosting Colgate on Dec. 29.last_img read more

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