Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has sanctioned the decision to allow Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to cut short his contract with the Gunners in order to join Barcelona in the January window.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has claimed leaving Arsenal has worked better for everyone as his prolific start to life at Barcelona continues.
The former Gunners skipper was ostracized by Mikel Arteta following a breach of the club’s disciplinary rules in December.
He was subsequently stripped of the captaincy and made available to leave, with the Premier League club allowing him to join Barcelona on a free transfer.
And it was a decision that immediately paid off, with the Gabon international finding some of his best form to score five goals in his first six La Liga games, including a hat-trick against Valencia.
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Aubameyang, 32, who signed a bumper new contract with Arsenal less than 18 months before his departure, said his exit was due to a decision made by manager Arteta.
“I think it was only with him and then he made that decision,” Aubameyang said. “He was not happy and that’s it. I was calm.
And following his latest goal against Osasuna, Arsenal fanatic Piers Morgan has once again lamented the decision to allow him to leave the Emirates.
Posting on social media, Morgan said: “Arsenal fans have spent the last 2 hours gloating over why we are so much better off without Aubameyang and they are so happy he is gone.
“Meanwhile, he has just scored his 6th goal in 9 games for Barcelona, including 5 goals in 6 La Liga games. I miss you Auba.
Morgan’s tweet came just hours after the Gunners secured five Premier League wins on the tour, beating Leicester City 2-0 to move up to fourth.
Victory leaves Arteta’s side firmly in control of their own Champions League fate, one point ahead of Manchester United, having played three fewer games.
Following the routine win over the Foxes, Sky Sports pundit Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink claimed Arteta had made the right decision on Aubameyang, with his former teammates enjoying their best form of the season.
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“He wasn’t leading the team, the way he should be leading a team,” he explained. “It was better to let him go and get the team together. You can see they are playing out of their skin.”
And Aubameyang himself took a diplomatic view of the acrimonious split, suggesting that, in hindsight, a split was best for both sides.
He responded to Morgan’s tweet saying: “Thank you Piers but sometimes everyone enjoys a break up, the most important thing is that everyone is happy now. And we had a great time that I won’t forget.
Barca’s latest win lifted Xavi’s side to third place in the La Liga table, just five points behind second-placed Sevilla but 12 clear of leaders Real Madrid.