‘There’ll be a problem with Aubameyang after this’: Gary Neville thinks relationship between Arsenal captain and boss Mikel Arteta will be ‘sour’ after Eddie Nketiah was brought on before him in Everton loss – with striker missing big late chance
- Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started on the bench vs Everton
- Eddie Nketiah, 22, who is set to leave, came on as a substitute before the skipper
- The Gabonese striker then had a last-gasp chance to equalise but shot well wide
- And pundit Gary Neville claimed Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants to sell him
Gary Neville has insisted Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta would sell captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if given the opportunity.
The Gunners captain was dropped to the bench for Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat against Everton, with 22-year-old Eddie Nketiah – set to leave the club – coming on as a substitute before the skipper, who got five minutes at the end.
And after Gabonese striker missed a glorious late chance to equalise at Goodison Park, pundit Neville claimed the situation between Aubameyang and Arteta was ‘awkward’ and could ‘sour’ further.
Gary Neville has claimed Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wants to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Gunners skipper was dropped to the substitutes’ bench against Everton at Goodison Park on Tuesday night, and then missed a glorious late chance to score after being substituted on
He said: ‘I think there’ll be a problem with Aubameyang after this. I don’t think he’ll like the idea of Nketiah coming on or being subbed full stop.
‘There’s always a little bit of a bug between Arteta and Aubameyang, I know he’s the captain but he leaves him out and it feels like something a bit awkward.
‘It’s going to cause a problem and I bet if he could get a bit of money for him and get someone else they would, and I bet if Aubameyang could he would move on as as well because it could turn a little sour.’
And Neville insisted relations between Arteta (right) and Aubameyang could ‘sour’ further
Arsenal went ahead through Martin Odegaard’s neat volley in first-half stoppage time, but once again collapsed, conceding two late goals to fall to defeat against the struggling Toffees.
Aubameyang, 32, one of the highest paid players at the club, has only scored four league goals this season and the club are reportedly looking to buy another forward, with Lille’s Jonathan David and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewis on their wanted list.
Although the Gunners have impressed at points this season, they currently lie in seventh, behind Manchester United and rivals Tottenham, who went through such bad periods of form they sacked their respective managers.