Say Bye-Bye to Auba, Pepe and Nketiah at X-Mas?

Soccer Football - Premier League - Arsenal v Everton - Emirates Stadium,  London, Britain - February 23, 2020 Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang  celebrates scoring their third goal with Nicolas Pepe and Eddie Nketiah

There is clearly something brewing at the club and definitely between Arteta and Auba and then between Arteta and Pepe. Even if on the bench, both players were not used (if used at all) before Nketiah…

I think Arteta wants to keep Nketiah but Nketiah wants to leave but regarding Auba and Pepe, the issue seems to be deeper. On top of it, Auba had a disciplinary breach last week so it just makes me believe that overall, there may be an open door for Auba and Pepe to leave this winter and that the club would sell Nketiah before he enters into the last 6 months of his contract if he refuses to renew with us…As for Laca, I think the club will give him an extension that he wil accept.

So if Auba, Pepe and Nketiah leave, we would need at least 1 forward to join us…Obvious names are Vlahovic, Calvert-Lewin or even Schick, Chiesa, David, Toney, Bamford…

Anyways – what are your tohughts on letting Auba, Pepe and Nketiah go at X-Mas?


31 Responses to Say Bye-Bye to Auba, Pepe and Nketiah at X-Mas?

  1. Mo sheehy says:

    I like Auba, who doesn’t, he had the potential to become a club legend but last season and this one (so far) have been really poor. His disregard of the regulations that are there is a disgrace. I think we should sell him in January. I’d also sell Eddie. Keep Pepe and Laca til end of season and then let them go. Balugon needs to play more. Martinelli is playing great. And I’d buy another forward, Calvert- Lewin would be good.

  2. fred1266 says:

    None of those names fill me when excitement, just let balogun and martinelli led the lines surely day can’t do as bad as our current striker are doing

  3. RC78 says:

    Hi Fred – I think we need to bring in one FW if we let those 3 players go. I am not sure which one will come but for example Schick is having a wonderful season, Chiesa would fit right in the Arteta pressing demands and Calvert-Lewin is quite a good finisher. If we want a back-up option to supplement Laca and Balogun, then I have a soft spot for Mitrovic and eventually Che Adams.

  4. allezkev says:

    Thanks for the post RC.

    I would imagine that any or all of them are available if the offer is acceptable even if we don’t sign reinforcements in January. It would leave us a bit light in attack I know but Balogun could stay?

  5. RC78 says:

    – PEA loses captaincy…
    – Xhaka lost captaincy…

    – No real luck with captains lately…

    So who should be captain next?
    -> Ramsdale? Tierney? Saka? Laca?

  6. Godspower says:

    I think Pepe should be given a chance to prove his worth and himself too

  7. LB says:

    Do you have a time scale on that Godspower, one game, one month, one season. Oh wait he has had all of those. See the point?

  8. fred1266 says:

    Guess we should go back to the days when our captain use to warm the bench

  9. fred1266 says:

    Lacazette surely

    But when he doesn’t play who gets it to lead out the team

  10. fred1266 says:

    So out of the current players who ball think should be given the arm band

    Is it to early to give ESR

  11. LB says:

    Xhaka…………..everyone’s favourite will get it surely?

  12. fred1266 says:

    That was done before it would be stupid to do the same

  13. RC78 says:

    I think we have a few options like Ramsdale, Tierney, Saka and Laca

    All of them would be legitimate and welcome by the team I think…

  14. fred1266 says:

    Well I know it would be lacazette but seeing as it been the youngling who has been carrying us I which day would given the task,

    What age was cesc given the captaincy

  15. allezkev says:

    Tony Adam’s was 21

  16. LB says:


    Some may say it is stupid that Xhaka continues to even be in the team, let alone be captain, and yet Arteta has so much faith in him that he picks him to play even when he is only half fit.

    Xhaka to be captain again, not such a stupid guess.

  17. LB says:

    If Ramsdale was an outfield player he would be everyone’s choice for Captain.

    Go through the team.

    Ramsdale vocal
    Tomi quiet chap
    White quiet chap
    Gabriel quite chap
    Tierney vocal

    If you go all the way through you see that the majority are quite chaps.

    The choice of captain is quit small.

  18. fred1266 says:

    Ok Tony was before my time any of our current youngster showing his Captaincy capability

  19. fred1266 says:

    Agreed LB what do day see in xhaka

    The man come back a month before time just to piss us of

  20. fred1266 says:

    Yea besides lacazette not much choices

    Imagine giving aubameyang the captain armbands when he starts for lacazette

    We are becoming a comedy show

  21. LB says:

    The only reason I can see against the idea of Lacazette getting the arm band is that he could be sold next month.

  22. RC78 says:

    LB – for me, it s 4 players only: Ramsdale, Tierney, Saka and Laca.
    – Ramsdale b/c of his performances and personality
    – Tierney b/c of his work ethics
    – Saka b/c of his performances, bravery and he is a club’s youth product
    – Laca b/c of his personality and also he seemed to be liked by the team and he is part of the leadership group.

  23. fred1266 says:

    I would like saka cause he my favorite player

    Wouldn’t mind Tierney or ESR cause LBG has been talking about them being future captains

  24. LB says:

    Do you think that Lacazette will be in the starting line up tomorrow, I have my doubts.

    ESR has to play now and you cannot drop Martinelli.

    We could finally have a “forward line” of

    ESR Martinelli Saka

  25. LB says:

    And while I am at it.

    ESR Martinelli Saka



    Tierney, Gabriel White Tomi


  26. RC78 says:

    I think we might see the “E/I” team tomorrow

    Ramsy – Tomy, Benny, Gabi, Tierney – Partey, Xhakhi – Saki, ESRi, Martinelli – Lackey

    Who do you drop from the squad to make space for ESR? It can’t be Martinelli or Saka. I doubt Laca will be dropped out too…Ode cannot play deeper so….for me Odegaard drops to the bench in favour of ESR

  27. LB says:

    Yes, but you know that Arteta wont drop Odegaard to the bench or you should do when he has scored the amount of goals that he has recently.

    More seriously, I think he will keep ESR on the bench and bring him on when needed, shouldn’t though, my team is better.

  28. fatgingergooner says:

    Auba deserves to be stripped of the captaincy based on reports and what Arteta has said. It’s about leading by example and he clearly isn’t doing that. For me, the options should be Ramsdale, White, Gabriel, Tierney. I prefer a defensive player if possible, and I really couldn’t care less how old somebody is. It’s about being able to gain respect from your colleagues and being able to prove yourself as a committed individual to both the club and the rules. Offering it to someone like Lacazette makes absolutely zero sense given that he will probably leave soon, and Xhaka has had it previously. Personally, I’d like someone who will be a mainstay in the team for a few years, and to me that would be one of the players I’ve mentioned in the defensive unit.

  29. Pete the Thirst says:

    PEA has caught Samson disease. As his hairline has receded his goal scoring powers have failed. Hair bands and boot polish can’t disguise what is happening.

    The solution is to go full Rob Holding and transplant pubic hair to cover the gaps. When the process is complete PEA will return to the 30 goals a season player we fondly remember.

  30. Pete the Thirst says:

    PEA was never a sensible choice as captain. He has history as an awkward character from his Dortmund days.

    Just don’t give it back to that muppet Xhaka.

    Long term it will be Gabriel, White, Tierney or Ramsdale. I would prefer Tierney, but it depends if he can stay fit over a season.

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