Tony Adams sends warning to Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal
Aubameyang’s Arsenal future is in doubt (Picture: Getty Images)

Tony Adams says Arsenal’s history of selling their top players may mean star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will ‘walk out the door’ this summer.

The Gabon international has just one year remaining on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium, prompting interest from Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The Gunners’ inability to challenge for league titles over the last decade, allied to their delicate financial situation, has seen them lose world-class talents such as Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie.

And club legend Adams fears the same may happen with Aubameyang, telling Sky Sports: ‘Quite possibly, he could walk out the door.

‘I loved [former manager] Arsene Wenger’s principles, that no player was bigger than the club, and he moved players on if it made sense for the club financially.

‘He was strong with that and he got Champions League football every year but it did stand in the way of recruitment – so we have become a club that is selling the best players.

‘If I was a coach I’d be saying, “Don’t sell Aubameyang at any price, we need to recruit, bring players through the academy and keep our best players”.’

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and captain Tony Adams hold the FA Cup and Premiership trophy outside Islington Town Hall on May 12, 2002 London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Adams won multiple titles at the club (Picture: Getty Images)

Adams, who won 10 major trophies at Arsenal in three different decades, says the recruitment policy at the club now is nowhere near as successful as it used to be when he was at Highbury.

He added: ‘They bang on about the class of ’92 [at Manchester United] – in our class of ’83 we had six internationals in our youth team – Niall Quinn, Paul Merson, Michael Thomas, Rocky [David Rocastle], me and Martin [Keown].

‘But put that on top of [board member] Danny Fiszman putting a lot of money into the club in ’95, ’96 and we were getting world class players come to Arsenal football club.

‘[Manchester United manager] Alex Ferguson came in for me but I wouldn’t leave and I said to the chairman ‘have we got ambition at the club?’

‘He said, “Don’t worry, we are injecting a lot of money and we are going to go for it”.

‘I stayed and the rest is history – Dennis [Bergkamp] came and Nicolas Anelka, [Patrick] Vieira, Manu [Emmanuel Petit], Robert Pires – we had five World Cup winners in the team.’

‘It is a completely different club today and I think recruitment at Arsenal for a good few years has not been great.

‘Now we seem to be selling our best players and you are never going to recruit a championship squad selling all your best players.’

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