Trevor Sinclair criticises Mikel Arteta for ‘decapitating Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in public’ and insists the Spaniard’s management of the former Arsenal captain cost the Gunners £30m
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang decided to join Barca permanently from Arsenal
- Sinclair says they missed out on £30m because of the way they dealt with him
- He accused Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta of ‘decapitating’ Aubameyang in public
Trevor Sinclair has slammed Mikel Arteta for the way he dealt with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal – claiming the Gunners boss ‘decapitated the Gabon international in public’ and failed to get the best out of him.
Aubameyang was Arsenal captain before being stripped of the title last year for disciplinary reasons. As a result, the 32-year-old left the Gunners by mutual consent and joined Barcelona in the January transfer window.
Sinclair said the way Arteta dealt with Aubameyang’s situation was ‘wrong’ and even suggested the manager’s decision making cost Arsenal around £30million.
Trevor Sinclair slammed Mikel Arteta for the way he dealt with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Sinclair said: ‘We have to put into context what we have just been through. We’ve gone through two years of a pandemic, which I’ve never had to play through and I wouldn’t like to.
‘I commend all the players that have done that to a high standard. His mum wasn’t well. He [Aubameyang] was probably having a tough time.
‘That might have been one of the reasons why he was late and he had a couple of situations where he and Arteta didn’t agree on.
‘I think it was dealt with wrong. If you think about a managers objective, it’s about how to get the best out of the player or get the most for him. And I don’t think Mikel Arteta did either.
The Arsenal manager stripped Aubameyang of his captaincy due to disciplinary reasons
‘He didn’t get the best out of the player, whether that was out of control because of what was going on with his mum or out of his control because he didn’t deal with the pandemic well, we don’t know.
‘But he certainly wasn’t getting the best out of him for the last 12-18 months of his contract while he was at Arsenal.
‘We all know what he can do when he was playing well in the previous period. Before his contract some people might say. He was doing really well before the time that his firm started to struggle.
‘What we are seeing now, since he arrived at Barcelona, is that he is a consistent player and that he is a consistent goal scorer.
Sinclair accused the Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta of ‘decapitating’ Aubameyang in public
Sinclair believes Aubameyang (left is proving his worth after moving to Barcelona
‘It’s one of the most difficult things to do in the game and he’s been able to do that throughout his career.
‘I’m talking about 225 goals in 400 games. As a 32-year-old he scored more than one in two games.
‘For me, I feel that it wasn’t dealt with properly and I think Arsenal were probably about £30million short of what they could have got for him if they had of dealt with it properly instead of decapitating him in public and cancelling him in public as they did and I thought they did.’