Arsenal are playing a risky game after Mikel Arteta confirmed they had shelved contract talks with a player who is wanted by Ligue 1 side Lyon.The Gunners have a history of allowing expensive stars to leave for free – Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are notable examples. And former club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has now joined that list.
Arsenal terminated the striker’s contract, allowing him to sign for Barcelona a few days after January’s transfer deadline.
Aubameyang hit a hat-trick in his most recent La Liga appearance as Barca beat Valencia 4-1. After the match, his team-mate Sergio Busquets called the free transfer a ‘gift’.
This led to further qu …