Arsenal hero expects Aubameyang and Lacazette to leave and is worried one more could go


Arsenal hero Kevin Campbell believes both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will leave the Gunners in the next transfer window. Top-scorer Aubameyang is out of contract in the summer of 2021 and has been heavily linked with a move away from the club. Meanwhile, Lacazette fell out of favour under Mikel Arteta before football was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If Aubameyang does not sign a new contract, he would be allowed to speak to foreign clubs next January ahead of a free transfer the following summer.

Campbell believes it would be in the club’s best intentions to get as much money as they can for the 30-year-old.

But he can also see strike partner and close friend Lacazette leaving as well.

“I just don’t think Arsenal are in a position to keep [Aubameyang],” Campbell told AFTV.

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“I can’t see us being able to offer him anything like we think we could.

“We’re not in a great position ourselves and I think he’s one of the assets we can cash in on because there are going to be other positions in the team that need addressing.

“I don’t think it’s [the club or Aubameyang] trying to cause an impasse, I just think it’s timing. The timing is so, so wrong for Arsenal Football Club.

“Obviously with a new manager again with Mikel Arteta, Arteta’s come in and he’s having to think on his feet, he’s having to learn on the job.

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“He’s done some good things and obviously there are things that are going to need to be addressed.

“But this is probably the biggest challenge for Mikel Arteta right now in his Arsenal managerial tenure and I don’t think he’s going to be able to keep Aubameyang. You know what, I think Aubameyang and Lacazette are going to go.

“I think both of them will go. I’m a straight talker and I say it as I see it.

“Aubameyang they can get something for, I think Lacazette, the way Arteta wants to play, doesn’t really fit the system.


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“So I think there’s going to be a lot of change.”

Campbell is also worried top clubs could be in for 18-year-old forward Gabriel Martinelli.

Martinelli has had a fine first season at Arsenal and has earned big praise for his performances.

“We’ve got young players coming through, we’ve got Martinelli who could be coveted by some of the big boys as well,” Campbell added.

“We don’t want to see that, we bought him for £6m-£8m and he’s already in double figures as a youngster, an 18-year-old kid.

“Will he get a chance? So Mikel Arteta’s got a lot of thinking to do.”

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