As if this winter transfer window hadn’t caused Arsenal fans enough concern already, with a lack of funds for new signings and the uncertainty over Mesut Ozil’s future hanging a dark cloud over the Emirates stadium, there are now rumours that another major star could be edging towards the exit door.
Shockingly, it’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is now being linked with a departure from North London.
Given his popularity at the Emirates, terrific form and regular starting berth in Unai Emery’s match day squads, there doesn’t seem to be any reason for the Gabonese goal machine to be seeking a move away from the Gunners. Yet there are apparently concerns that the former Borussia Dortmund hitman isn’t entirely happy at the moment.
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And it’s being linked to Mesut Ozil. Somehow.
The Express are reporting that Ozil’s record breaking £350,000-per-week salary is causing discontent in the dressing room, with several players frustrated that they are being paid considerably less than the German playmaker despite arguably being far more important to the first team’s cause this season.
Ozil has seemingly been at odds with Emery since the Spaniard arrived in North London last summer, with the World Cup winner being left out of several difficult away games, most recently last Saturday’s 1-0 reverse against West Ham.
And with Ozil’s future up in the air, players such as Aubameyang are reportedly unhappy that someone who may play a very minor role in the remainder of the season can be paid so much more than anybody else in the squad.
It has been rumoured that Ozil’s wages were one of the major reasons behind Aaron Ramsey’s impending departure to Juventus, with the Welshman wanting parity or close to it with the reported £350,000 Ozil earns a week.
Now Ramsey’s decision to leave could be a trigger for more of Arsenal’s stars to voice their disapproval at their current deals in a play to be rewarded with improved contracts or earn a more lucrative move elsewhere.
(h/t the express)