Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be an ideal signing for Newcastle as he ‘will want to prove Arsenal wrong’ after being stripped of the captaincy by Mikel Arteta, claims Trevor Sinclair
- Mikel Arteta stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of captaincy in December
- Gunners could listen to offers for their former captain in January window
- Gabon international was banished from Arsenal first-team training last month
- Newcastle are keen to splash the cash to revamp squad and avoid relegation
Swapping Arsenal for Newcastle would give Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the perfect chance to prove the Gunners have made the wrong choice by dropping him, according to Trevor Sinclair.
The Gabon international was stripped of the captaincy last month for what the club described as his ‘latest disciplinary breach’ after he returned late from a trip to France to visit his sick mum.
The 32-year-old was subsequently banished from first team training and has missed Arsenal’s last five games in all competitions.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy back in December
The Gunners could listen to offers for the former Borussia Dortmund striker during the January transfer window and Newcastle are understood to be among the clubs keeping tabs on Aubameyang.
Speaking on talkSPORT on Wednesday, Sinclair suggested a move to Tyneside would benefit both the player and Newcastle.
‘I’m looking at the forward line and the shape of the team,’ he said.
‘I’m thinking 3-5-2, get him [Newcastle’s new signing Kieran Trippier] on the right side taking all the set pieces and putting Aubameyang up top with Callum Wilson.
And Trevor Sinclair believes the Gabon international would be an ideal signing for Newcastle
‘If you put Aubameyang in there you’ve got threat in the air, pace in behind, goals and potential for Newcastle to stay up.’
Newcastle are second-bottom in the Premier League and have scored just 19 goals in 19 games, the league’s third-worst return after bottom-of-the table Norwich and 18th placed Burnley, who have found the net eight and 16 times respectively.
Aubameyang has scored just four Premier League goals so far this season, but has netted 92 goals in 163 games in all competitions since joining Arsenal for £56 million in the summer of 2018.
The relationship between Aubameyang and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has deteriorated
The 32-year-old has scored just four Premier League goals for Arsenal so far this season
‘If they’re desperate for goals, I think he [Aubameyang] will have something to prove because he’ll want to show people that the cancel culture was wrong,’ Sinclair continued.
‘He’ll want to prove those people wrong who said they don’t want him at the football club anymore.’
The former Arsenal captain earns £350,000-a-week at the Emirates, but his salary is unlikely to put off Newcastle’s wealthy new owners.
The Magpies completed their first signing since the Saudi-backed consortium took over the club in October, after agreeing a £12 million deal with Atletico Madrid for right-back Kieran Trippier on Tuesday.
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