Arteta invites Wenger to return to Arsenal in some capacity
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Arsenal have been warned that history is repeating itself, with boss Mikel Arteta and director of football Edu facing a transfer dilemma. Arteta had looked to have put the Gunners’ season back on track, but defeats to Manchester United and Everton have highlighted the work that still needs to be done.
The Gunners went on a transfer splurge in the summer, making six new signings in a bid to revolutionise Arteta’s squad.
But there are still areas that remain weak and are impacting on Arsenal’s ability to challenge for a top four place.
Arguably the position in most need of a boost is at striker, despite the presence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the squad.
Neither of those two star names are firing though, with Arsenal currently the second-lowest scorers in the top seven.
Aubameyang’s form in particularly has fallen off a cliff in recent seasons, with the 32-year-old scoring just four league goals so far this term.
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That drop off in form has coincided with the striker having been handed a bumper new contract by Arsenal last September.
His wage was reportedly increased to £250,000 a week, but since then the Gabonese international has struggled, with that contract making him hard to sell.
Arteta appears to be relucant to call upon the star, with Eddie Nketiah having been brought on ahead of him at Everton despite the youngster being set to leave at the end of the season.
And Arteta has now been warned that Aubameyang’s situation mirrors that of Mesut Ozil’s, who also fell badly out of form after signing a mega-contract.
That is according to former Spurs striker Darren Bent, who believes it is a “no-win” situation for the Gunners.
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“I said it at the time, Arsenal were stuck in a real no-win situation because at the time he was fantastic, one of the best centre-forward in the Premier League,” Bent told talkSPORT.
“He single-handedly won the FA Cup for Mikel Arteta when he first came in. He started off the following season against Fulham and scored a fantastic goal.
“[But] he got the contract and has been a shadow of himself. It’s like the Ozil situation all over again.
“We’ve got an overage player, he’s not old but getting on in age, that we can’t get rid of on really high wages.”
Despite his struggles, Bent believes that rather than shun him like he did Ozil, Arteta must continue to play Aubameyang despite his dreadful form in front of goal.
“What do we do? I can understand Mikel Arteta, but when you’ve got a centre-forward like Aubameyang, I was always one who was saying you have to keep playing him,” he added.
“He’s your best goalscorer and you have to find ways of keep playing him and find a way of getting him goals.
“But I can understand his point of view [dropping Aubameyang from the team] because, at the minute, he’s offering nothing and you are playing with 10 men.”
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