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Under what circumstances would Arsenal sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Man Utd?

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The transfer gossip season is now with us in full flow and as well as some very credible rumours there are also some that verge into the ridiculous and the speculation today claiming that Man Utd are interested in Arsenal’s Golden Boot winner Pierre-Emerick Aybameyang is a classic example of that, or is it?

The knee jerk reaction is to say that Aubameyang will not be sold to United, there is no way the board could survive the backlash, it would make the Wenger Out campaign pale into comparison and so on but there is enough history of very controversial transfers to not rule out such a move for the Gabon international.

Personally, I do not see it happening and I would be angry if it did but there are circumstances that it could happen and even in the extreme I would be content with it.

If United offered £150 Million, bang, take it, happy with that.
If United offered Paul Pobga in a straight swap, bang, take it, happy with that.
If United offered £70 Million and Marcus Rashford, bang, take it, happy with that.

And so on, in better words it would have to take something utterly ridiculous for it to be palatable, in fact, it would have to really p**s of the United fans more than it would us for it to be anywhere near acceptable.

But, what is ridiculous to you and me may not be so ridiculous to the Arsenal board, they are businessmen who are not running Arsenal as a charity and if an offer was tabled that they deemed too good to turn down then do not dismiss the possibility of them accepting such an offer.

As an example would the board turn down a £100 Million bid? I am not sure they would and there are other scenarios that I could see where an offer would be very tempting, say they offer Lukaku and Martial for Aubameyang, would they turn that offer down? Who knows, chances are they would probably accept.

As I have already made clear, I do not see this happening but neither would I totally rule it out, not with the way United spend money and not with our board.


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'It's a mystery': O'Neill queries how 'phenomenal' Serge Gnabry slipped through Arsenal's net 

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‘It’s a mystery’: Michael O’Neill queries how ‘phenomenal’ Serge Gnabry slipped through Arsenal’s net after Germany hat-trick v Northern Ireland

Michael O’Neill says he is mystified as to why Serge Gnabry did not make more of an impact in English football after watching the Bayern Munich forward bag a hat-trick as Germany beat Northern Ireland 6-1 in Frankfurt.

Gnabry moved on to 13 goals from as many international appearances, looking a world apart from the player who struggled to make an impact at Arsenal early in his career and virtually disappeared on loan at West Brom before being sold to Werder Bremen for a reported five million euros in 2016.

His first goal was the pick of the bunch as he took a touch before swivelling in the box and unleashing a shot high into Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s goal, levelling the scores at 1-1 after Michael Smith gave Northern Ireland a shock early lead in this Euro 2020 qualifier.

Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick for Germany as they thrashed Northern Ireland 6-1

Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick for Germany as they thrashed Northern Ireland 6-1

But Gnabry’s movement, pace and strength caused Northern Ireland’s injury-hit defence problems until he was withdrawn nine minutes from time, leading O’Neill to describe him as ‘unplayable’ on the night.

‘Gnabry’s goal-scoring record is phenomenal,’ said O’Neill, whose side now face a play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina next March. ‘It’s a mystery to me how English clubs didn’t get more out of him.

‘I’d be surprised if this Germany team doesn’t make a big impact (at Euro 2020).’

This was Gnabry’s second international hat-trick, and came less than two months after his four-goal display during Bayern’s 7-2 demolition of Tottenham in the Champions League.

There were precious few signs of that sort of form during an Arsenal career that yielded only one goal from 18 appearances, but Germany coach Joachim Low said he had long been aware of the 24-year-old’s talent.

‘I’ve always had the highest possible opinion of Gnabry,’ Low said. ‘Right from the start it was obvious to me he would be a fantastically important player.

‘He was always one to pass the ball to, he doesn’t play up front all the time, he lets himself fall back a bit and you can find him anywhere on the pitch and he’s able to play in many different positions.

‘These are prime qualities in any players and also his finishing is technically fantastic.’

Low put Gnabry’s difficulties in England down to injuries, but said the forward’s Arsenal team-mates Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil had been quick to recommend him.

‘When he was at Arsenal he was plagued by injury and all these injuries set him back,’ Low said. ‘But even at the time, around the 2014 World Cup he had always been in my thoughts.

‘He had some very good games with Arsenal and Mertesacker and Ozil would say to me, ‘Look at Gnabry, he’s a fantastic player, he keeps defences very busy’, so we had him in our sights for a long time.’

 



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Tottenham fans demand Jose Mourinho snub after Pochettino sack – ‘I’d rather have Wenger'

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Tottenham fans have told chairman Daniel Levy to avoid hiring Jose Mourinho with the Special One odds on with some bookmakers to replace the Argentine.

Mourinho’s last job was at Manchester United which ended in acrimonious circumstances.

And some Tottenham fans even went as far as to say they would rather have Arsene Wenger in charge.

One said: “I’d Rather Have Wenger Than Mourinho.”

Another added: “Dear God I am hearing people say Mourinho.

“Have they not seen the mess he has made of ALL of his latest management jobs. I’d rather have Wenger than Mourinho!!!”

A third exclaimed: “Imagine if next North London Derby, Mourinho’s Arsenal play Wenger’s Tottenham.”

Tottenham released a statement on Tuesday evening explaining why Pochettino had been sacked.

Levy explained: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste.

“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.

“It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the Club’s best interests.

“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.

“I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.

“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”

Tottenham return to action against West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday (12.30pm).

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Jose Mourinho is the early favourite to become the new Tottenham Hotspur manager. Following the north London club’s surprise announcement this…

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