Harry Kewell claimed things could get “nasty” at Arsenal if attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves anytime soon.
The Times recently reported that the Gunners forward had shelved contract talks with the club due to being concerned about Arsenal’s ability to compete for trophies and qualify for the Champions League next season.
Geoff Shreeves asked Kewell whether the speculation surrounding Aubameyang as well as the idea of losing him anytime soon was enough to push supporters over the edge, and the former Premier League attacker replied with confidence.
“100%,” said Kewell on Sky Sports’ The Debate (Sky Sports Premier League, Wednesday, November 27th, 22:54).
“100%, trust me, you wouldn’t want to lose Aubameyang as he is their bright spark at the moment.
“I’m a huge fan of Lacazette, huge fan, but with Aubameyang you’ve got someone there who could produce something magical.
“He’s got the energy, he’s quick, he can score and if Arsenal lose him, it could turn nasty.”
Would losing Aubameyang be the last straw?
Potentially, there are few positives for Arsenal fans to cling to this season and the forward is one of them.
Aubameyang has continued to do what he does best for the Gunners, regardless of his teammates struggling around him, and that is score goals.
The 30-year-old has racked up nine goals this season, impressively averaging a goal every 141 minutes (Source: BBC Sport), and was the Premier League’s joint-top scorer with 22 goals last season.
So the realistic thought of losing Aubameyang, his current deal expires at the end of next season, is one that could leave fans fuming, and you feel their anger may end up directed at Unai Emery.
After all, The Times’ report goes on to state that the uncertainty around the Gunners manager is causing for the forward not to commit, and there are a lot of Arsenal fans who will certainly feel like the only way to end the uncertainty is to axe the Spaniard and get a replacement in.