Arsenal legend Paul Merson has slammed both Aubameyang and the Gunners following an eventful week at the north London club. 

Aubameyang was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy on Tuesday and since then the striker has been forced to train alone.

What happened

According to reports, Aubameyang failed to return back from a trip abroad which the club approved on time.

Merson’s reaction

Merson has hit out at Aubameyang’s ‘disrespectful’ behaviour while insisting Arsenal have brought the problem on themselves.

“Arsenal has got what they deserved with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang because they never should have given him that contract,” Merson told the Daily Star.

“He’s on far too much money for his age, he hasn’t been the same player since he signed it, and he shouldn’t come back into the team now in my opinion.”

“If anyone offers him £350,000-a-week elsewhere I’d drop him off there but Barcelona have got no money and I don’t see how they could afford even half of his wages.”

Arsenal situation

Arsenal for me are in this situation again because they let him run down his contract and then gave him a lorryload of money. It’s like Mesut Ozil all over again.

“Aubameyang is a great finisher with great pace. But he’s 32. They must have realised he wasn’t going to get any quicker…”

Aubameyang will not be available for selection when Arsenal take on Leeds United on Saturday.

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