Monday, June 27

Ian Wright makes it clear which camp he is in after ‘very sad’ Aubameyang exit

Ian Wright says he is “devastated” to see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave Arsenal, but has supported coach Mikel Arteta’s handling of the situation. 

The club confirmed that Aubameyang, 32, left by “mutual agreement” after seeing part of his contract paid up. The Times claim the north London club paid him almost £7m to terminate his £350,000-a-week contract.

Aubameyang only signed a new three-year contract with Arsenal in September 2020. In fact Arteta was a key man in persuading the forward to stay, but after falling foul of the Spaniard on numerous occasions since, he was ostracised by the club.

After being stripped of the captaincy his departure was inevitable. He is though believed to have taken a pay cut to join the Catalan club, who have formally unveiled him on Wednesday.

The move did not have to be completed on transfer deadline day because Aubameyang ultimately left Arsenal as a free agent.

Arsenal legend Wright has reflected on the situation and has revealed he was desperately sad to see the striker “who was made for us” depart.

Speaking on Wrighty’s House podcast, he said: “He’s taken a massive cut to go there and he’s willing to do that.

“With all the people saying he’s just signed a contract and just clocked off, he got offered the same money he’s on at Arsenal to go to Saudi Arabia.

“We’re talking about somebody who is a very colourful individual and plays football with a smile on his face. When it’s not right you can see it’s not right for him and it’s not about the money.

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“Because he’s himself, he’s very colourful, people can easily get that mixed up. When he came to this country everybody talked about him as this party animal, but he’s not like that at all. He’s a family man. He’s a family family that likes colourful clothes and colourful cars, but scores goals.

“The saddest thing for me was that we don’t know what’s happened. I’m not really bothered to know what has happened now with him and Mikel. What couldn’t be healed in a time where we need goals.”

Wright had hoped that the two parties could have found a resolution.

No resolution

“I’m quite disappointed that somewhere along the line something couldn’t have been resolved.


“But it’s not resolved, he’s gone and I’m sad to see him go.

“It just feels so definite. That’s it: bam, out, gone! If I’m being totally honest, I didn’t think it would come to this,’ Wright went on.

“I thought it would be the kind of thing that would be resolved simply because we’re talking about a year since he signed that deal.


“If there was something wrong with the lateness… we don’t know what it is. I don’t know and I’m in touch with the guy. But you just think, with the way it’s gone, I can’t understand, deep down, why something couldn’t happen, simply because he’s only just signed.

“So if everything was going on before there would have been a lead-up of misdemeanors for the manager to maybe say, ‘You know something? No, let’s not sign him because I believe what’s happened up until this point… he’s been doing this, he’s been doing this and if that carries on… if we sign him for this much money what’s going to happen?’

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“And it just seems like if you knew there’s things that he’s been doing that you don’t like and this is a chance for him to not sign again and to leave, then why did we sign him for so much money, put so much into him and then a year later he’s gone.

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Wright: Aubameyang made for us

“I’m very sad on a personal level because I think he’s made for us.

“If you’ve got Auba then you gear everything into him and structure everything for him to do what he does.

“I remember not long ago I was watching his goals for Dortmund and it’s just all geared to him. So I’m devastated that we couldn’t do that for him.

“But I feel, as much an I love him, I have to back the manager because he’s our manager now. He’s taken the chance doing what he’s doing and I’m going to back him with that.

“I have to say in the current climate, and we don’t know the other half of the story. I have to go with the fact that the manager has done what he’s done and agree with him moving on and I think it’s best for everybody.

“At the end of the day, it comes down to what is best for the team and the club.”

Aubameyang scored 92 times in 163 games in his four-year stay in north London.

READ MORE: Aubameyang sets Arteta record straight with Arsenal statement, while naming major regret

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