Sport Wenger frustrated by Aubameyang ruling

23:35  14 february  2018
23:35  14 february  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Wenger reveals why Arsenal let key attacker leave in January

  Wenger reveals why Arsenal let key attacker leave in January Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has offered an explanation as to why he sanctioned the sale of Olivier Giroud to Chelsea in January. The France international completed a move thought to be worth in the region of £15m on the final day of the January transfer window, with Arsenal deeming him to be surplus to their requirements. The Gunners had signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a club-record fee from Borussia Dortmund, meaning that there was no more room for Giroud in the Arsenal squad, especially with summer signing Alexandre Lacazette still available. Wenger, as quoted by Football London, explained why he felt it was the right call to allow Giroud to seek pastures new following the arrival of Aubameyang. “Olivier was massively popular inside the dressing room and club. But he wanted more playing time, he has not played many Premier League games and he wants to go to the World Cup as well, that’s why I opened the door when Aubameyang came in to give him a chance to get the competition he deserves.” “Ideally you want him to go to clubs who do not compete with you, but on the other hand it was a bit linked to the Aubameyang deal and he’s just had a third baby so it was very difficult on the family side to leave London.” Giroud has been recruited by Chelsea for the purpose of offering struggling striker Alvaro Morata some competition for his place in the starting line-up. Chelsea wanted to sign a target man in January and have done so with Giroud. He proved to be a key player for Arsenal over the years and Wenger will hope that the decision to offload him will not come back to haunt him as the season progresses. “And I believe we owe Olivier Giroud a lot for his commitment, his dedication to the club and his love for the club was absolutely exceptional. So it was difficult to turn it down because it was a competitive club.

Arsene Wenger has ruled out a January move for Bordeaux winger Malcom and says "nothing is close" regarding a deal to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal. Aubameyang has endured a frustrating season with Dortmund, with disciplinary issues having previously seen him internally

ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger has opened up on Alexandre Lacazette's possible frustration at losing his place to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang . And his mood won't have been helped by Aubameyang arriving on transfer deadline day and making an immediate impact with a goal on debut in the 5-1 win

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that he is frustrated by the rule that prohibits Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from playing for the club in the Europa League.

Aubameyang is unable to represent Arsenal in Europe after his appearances for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League during the first-half of the campaign.

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However, Wenger has now claimed the rules to be archaic and needing to be changed.

The loss of Aubameyang is a massive one for Arsenal, after the news that Alexandre Lacazette will now spend the next six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Wright: Wenger has destroyed star man's confidence

  Wright: Wenger has destroyed star man's confidence Arsenal legend Ian Wright has accused Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger of destroying summer signing Alexandre Lacazette’s confidence, according to the Mirror. The Frenchman moved to the Gunners in the summer for £46.5 million but after a fine start, he has struggled to keep the goals flowing. His form has dipped so much that he has netted just one goal in his last 12 matches and the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in the January window for a club-record fee only spells more trouble for Lacazette. The striker has also been frustrated, as he has been subbed off in 15 of his 22 starts this season. Lacazette, who netted in his first Arsenal game against Leicester, was limited to no action in the win over Everton which has proven to be a cause for concern for the Frenchman, as he frets over his game-time. The former Arsenal striker Wright has spoken about the situation that Lacazette has found himself in a recent interview. “He [Lacazette] has played well in games, he has scored goals, but he has been taken off. Wenger has destroyed Lacazette’s confidence.

Aubameyang has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Alexis Sanchez if the Chile global is sold this month, but Wenger rubbished those claims in a news conference on Friday. A frustrated Wenger called decisions made against Arsenal a "concerning coincidence".

Arsene Wenger has criticised Uefa’s rule which leaves Arsenal‘s £56m January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible to play in their Europa League round-of-32 first leg against Ostersunds FK on Thursday evening, and the rest of the competition, despite the striker having not played in it this season.

Speaking to The Guardian, Wenger said this:

“I believe that all the clubs agree now this rule has to disappear in Europe. When you look at the transfer amounts you spend now, that you have to spend £50m, £60m, £70m in the middle of the season, that the players cannot play doesn’t make sense.”

Danny Welbeck is set to line up for Arsenal in the centre forward position, as Arsenal look to take a strong lead into the second leg.

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Aubameyang arrival hurt Lacazette's confidence – Wenger .
Despite becoming the Gunners' record signing during the summer, the former Lyon striker now finds himself down the pecking order in north LondonArsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Alexandre Lacazette may have lost confidence after the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.

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