Before Aubameyang, Arsenal lost many quality players, but did not collect any transfer fees.
In January 2018, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cost Arsenal a record £57.38 million to bring him to the Emirates. The Gabon striker scored 10 goals in his first 13 Premier League appearances, then spent two sublime seasons with the same 22 goals. At the end of the 2019/20 season, the striker born in 1989 helped Arsenal win the FA Cup.
However, Aubameyang has declined since being signed and raised his salary to £340,000 a week. Not stopping there, the former Dortmund star also repeatedly violated discipline, leading to being kicked out in many big matches at the end of 2021. After returning from CAN 2021, Aubameyang did not go to London but flew directly to Barcelona. Initially, Arsenal intended to let the player come to Camp Nou on loan. But when Barca said they could not bear Aubameyang’s high salary, the London club decided to release the contract of the former captain. He became the latest star to be eliminated by the “Gunners” without collecting a transfer fee.
Mesut Ozil cost Arsenal a record transfer fee (42.5 million pounds) in the summer of 2013. After many years of dedication (184 appearances, 33 goals, 54 assists in the Premier League), Ozil was dropped from the club. Arsenal’s plan for several reasons, one of which is not in line with the philosophy of coach Mikel Arteta. After a long period of sitting without pay, the German midfielder left the Emirates to join Fenerbahce on a free basis in early 2021.
In the 2016/17 season, Alexis Sanchez was Arsenal’s number one attacking star with 30 goals. In early 2018, Sanchez was distracted by offers from Man City and Man United. In the end, he decided to switch to “Red Devils” to enjoy his dream income ($500,000 per week). Because the Chilean player has a few months left on his contract, Arsenal had to ask MU to exchange Mkhitaryan for Sanchez. The star born in 1988 became one of the worst signings of the “Red Devils” in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era with 5 goals in 45 appearances on all fronts.
After a long period of time Santi Cazorla had to miss the game due to an heel injury, Arsenal decided not to renew the contract of this player. It seemed that Cazorla’s career was over, but he joined Villarreal and shone brightly for two seasons at El Madrigal. Up to now, the Spanish “magician” is still playing persistently at the age of 38 in the Al Sadd (Qatar) shirt.
Aaron Ramsey has been with Arsenal since the age of 18. The Welsh midfielder left a good impression in the eyes of “Gunners” fans thanks to his will to rise after suffering a serious injury in 2010. However, when Ramsey reached his peak, he refused to renew it. signed with the Emirates Stadium team to join Juventus on a free form in the summer of 2019. Ramsey played unsuccessfully, but this decision still helped him fulfill his goal of winning at least one national championship in his career.
Andrey Arshavin joined Arsenal in 2009. For more than 2 first seasons, “Little Bear” was an indispensable element in the “Gunners” squad. However, things gradually deteriorated when the Russian striker was not used by coach Arsene Wenger since the 2011/12 season. After Arshavin repeatedly expressed his displeasure, Arsenal pushed the player back to Zenit on loan until his contract ran out.
Jack Wilshere has been training with Arsenal since he was a boy. Midfielder born in 1992 possesses the qualities to become a big star. However, injuries and a loose lifestyle made Wilshere never meet the fans’ expectations. After the 2010/11 season with 49 appearances, the England player gradually declined. Wilshere left many regrets when he had to leave Emirates as a free agent at the age of 26.
In the Arsenal shirt, Bacary Sagna played impressively and was twice in the typical Premier League team. In the summer of 2014, the French player was criticized by fans as a money-hungry man when he joined Man City as a free agent. Sagna immediately responded with strong statements about the fact that he did not ask for a raise during his time with “Gunners”, and always gave his best on the field, even before recovering from injury. .