Contracts of 2 Mikel Arteta's Remaining Forwards at Arsenal Run Out in Summer After Aubameyang's Exit

Contracts of 2 Mikel Arteta's Remaining Forwards at Arsenal Run Out in Summer After Aubameyang's Exit

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • Aubameyang has completed a free transfer move to Spanish giants Barcelona after troubled season at Arsenal
  • Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta pushed the Gabonese striker out of his team with the Gunners chiefs citing indiscipline
  • Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are other options for Mikel Arteta and their contracts expire in June/July

Mikel Arteta who is the manager of Premier League side Arsenal is now left with contracts of two of his forwards expiring at the end of the season following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before his exit at the Emirates stadium was thrown out of the team by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta who also stripped him of his captaincy.

There was serious talks about the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before he traveled to Cameroon with the Gabonese national team even though he was unable to shine at the AFCON.

Mikel Arteta and Alexandre Lacazette
Mikel Arteta and Alexandre Lacazette in action for Arsenal. Photo by PETER POWELL
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Upon the crashing of Gabon at the 2021 African Cup of Nations, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did not return to Arsenal before he completed a move to Spanish side Barcelona.

Why was Barcelona interested in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang?

Since the retirement of Sergio Aguero, Barcelona have been looking for a good replacement for the Argentine who hanged his boots because of health status.

Who are the two options for Arteta whose contract will expire in the summer

Alexandre Lacazette is likely to be Arteta's first-choice striker for the rest of the season, despite his contract expiring in June according to the report on Mirror UK and Marca.

Also, Eddie Nketiah is in a similar position to Lacazette. He's also out of contract in June, although Arsenal are desperate to keep the emerging striker on their books.

Arsenal forward makes stunning deadline day move to Barcelona

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng finally left Arsenal after completing a deadline day transfer from the English club to Spanish giants Barcelona.

The 32-year-old's move to the Catalan giants nearly fell through, but a last minute agreement was reached as the ex-Dortmund man put pen to paper to seal his move.

Aubamayeng joins the Catalans on a free transfer with 18 months left on his Arsenal contract.

The Gabonese was Arsenal captain until he was stripped off the armband in December 2021, leading to a frosty relationship between him and the club.

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