Gary Neville highlights Arsenal’s big mistake with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Gary Neville says Arsenal have put themselves in a weak negotiating position with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Gary Neville says Arsenal have put themselves in a weak negotiating position with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Sky/Getty Images)

Gary Neville believes Arsenal made a major mistake by not giving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a longer contract when he was signed in 2018.

The Gunners completed a £56 million deal for the striker in January 2018 but now face the prospect of selling him this summer due to his current situation.

Aubameyang will have just a year remaining on his contract this summer and Arsenal could be forced to offload the 30-year-old in the upcoming window or risk losing him on a free transfer next year.

Chelsea and Barcelona have both been linked with a move for Aubameyang and Neville believes Arsenal are to blame for putting themselves in a weak negotiating position.

‘Was he only given a three-year contract to start with? That’s the strange thing for me. If you pay £60m for someone, to have him leaving or in a position to leave… Arsenal find themselves in this position far too often,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

Arsenal face the prospect of selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer
Arsenal face the prospect of selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer (Getty Images)

‘I think a three-year deal for a player who cost £60 million… you’d at least want that fourth year so you can at least control him if he does well for the first two seasons.

‘That’s the mistake that was made on day one.

‘The face they’re in this position now is through mistakes that were made previously.

‘Arsenal are in a position where the player is going to call the shots.’

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