The way I see myself in that relationship is the solution, not the problem…I’ve been the solution, 100%.’
What The Stats Say…
In our article ‘3 Stats That Show Why Aubameyang May Go…‘, we highlighted this important fact:
This means that Auba’s strike rate has dropped to 40.74%. Or, to put it simply, 2 goals in every 5 games that he plays…So, with a pre contract strike rate in the mid 60’s percentage wise, and a similar percentage at Dortmund, Auba’s strike rate has decreased by a third percentage wise (64 down to 40).
Why Arteta IS NOT The Problem
With Auba’s form so poor after signing his contract, his departing comments seem to lay the blame at the feet of the manager. Is this correct?
- Aubameyang was Captain from 5 November 2019 – 14 December 2021..During which time his goal rate slowed down considerably.
- Aubameyang was also entrusted with the role of lead, and central striker on most occasions.
The facts speak otherwise. Aubameyang was not only entrusted with the Captaincy, but was often played as the ‘go to’ striker, the talisman for the team. So, there is no evidence that supports a claim that Arteta in some way was the reason why Aubameyang had a massive drop off in form. The form dip occurred only after Arteta had authorised a new and improved contract for Aubameyang..supposedly an incentive for the Gabonese striker to unleash his attacking force. However, things did not work out.
So, if Arteta wasn’t the problem, was he the solution?
Why Arteta IS The Solution..
One of the criticisms that have been levelled against Arteta is that he has let go of many millions of pounds of players on ‘Free’ transfers..or simply cancelled the contract of others. How should we view that?
This is what Arteta said:
The squad composition and the contract situations were catching up in many of those situations and we had to make decisions and be fair as well with players who have not had a lot of minutes this season.
In other words, the decision to let a lot of players go was with the motivation to help players who ‘have not had a lot of minutes’….to allow players to get game time elsewhere.
This appears to be the case with Aubameyang too. Although it is true that getting a massive wage off the club’s budget is very welcome, it is also true that Aubameyang was not likely to get much game time, since his view of discipline and the clubs seemed to be at odds.
So, whilst the decision to release Aubameyang would suit the club financially, it also allowed a player that many still feel to be ‘world class’ to get the opportunities that another club could provide. In other words:
“it ended up in the best possible way for everybody”
It is true that most clubs would not simply walk away from the option to sell valuable players, instead releasing them. That is why Artetamust be praised for being so brave.
This article first appeared on London Metro News