Arsenal face Aubameyang summer conundrum, Mahrez lifts a lid on early Manchester City hurdles and more


Former Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher thinks that the Gunners may have another summer transfer saga on their hands with star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deemed to have outgrown the underperforming squad.

The former Borussia Dortmund and Saint-Etienne forward joined the Premier League side in 2018 and boasts an incredible scoring rate, with 48 strikes recorded across 75 domestic appearances. Unfortunately, the speedy attacker has little to show for his goals, as Arsenal consistently flatter to deceive.

This is one of the main reasons former Reds stalwart Carragher thinks will push Aubameyang towards the exit door, as he informs through Sky Sports on Twitter“I think at the moment Arsenal have failed to establish themselves in the top four and have a lot of work to do in order to get back there.”

“As a club you have these situations and we experienced the same with Luis Suarez when he left. Aubameyang, at the moment, is simply too good for this team and will be wondering hos much years he has left at the highest level. He may feel he needs to change in order to reach his goals. They have a tough job on their hands but I think they can convince him to stay, that’ll be key for their future.”

Arsenal face Aubameyang summer conundrum
The Gabonese attacker has been lethal for Arsenal this season as well, with 17 league strikes in 26 appearances. Copyright: imago images / Focus Images

Top News 2: 'It wasn't easy at first' - Mahrez spared no effort to prove himself at City

Mahrez reveals early Manchester City hurdles
The former Leicester winger has been instrumental in City's efforts this season, rediscovering his creative spark once more. Copyright: imago images / PA Images
Now firmly established in Pep Guardiola’s plans, Mahrez admitted that it was not all smooth sailing, even admitting that he felt a bit disappointed that his performances were lacking the edge he knew he had. 

The former Leicester City winger, dubbed “The Magician,” joined Manchester City in the summer of 2018, committing to a five-year contract in a deal worth £60m. As a proven Premier League performer and a part of the ‘Leicester Miracle’ squad that won the league title in 2015-16, fans were expecting the Algerian to be an instant hit.

Things failed to go his way during the first season, falling in and out of the squad. He now admits these circumstances served as a big learning curve for him as he strived to improve with each passing training session. The progress is evident — the tricky winger boasts 9 goals and 14 assists already this season.

“I didn’t start performing as fast as I thought I would, to tell the truth. At City, there is a top squad every single year and if you don’t grab your opportunity, it can slip right through your fingers. I had a difficult period where I didn’t get any minutes, but I never stopped working and fighting. My performances started to improve and I got my confidence back, so everything has been wonderful.”

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Top News 3: 'I see a little bit of Zidane in Kai'

Leverkusen coach praises Havertz
Havertz has been in devastating form this season, making 38 appearances across all competitions. Copyright: imago images / Poolfoto

The highly sought-after Bayer Leverkusen youngster has been in red-hot form in the Bundesliga this season, and one of his club coaches was quick to sing his praises, even comparing him to a legend of the game.

Marcel Daum, Leverkusen assistant coach, has made some strong claims about German starlet Havertz, even going as far as stating that he sees ‘Zidane’s elegance and grace’ in the playmaker’s style of play.

The mercurial talent has been in sensational form this season, setting the German top flight alight and has received worldwide praise as a result. He already has 15 strikes as well as 8 goal contributions across all competitions.

One of the coaches at his club who is particularly impressed with the way Havertz has developed is Daum, and in an interview with talkSPORThe delved into his opinion a bit: “Kai possesses attributes that make him stand out – he is speedy, aware, great in the air and is also very powerful. I see shades of Zidane in his style of play. He is at a great club here and will be able to develop even further if he stays a bit longer.”

On the multiple transfer speculations about their star player, Daum added: “I can’t say much, but I know for sure that Bayer won’t be moving him on for a cut-price deal, they will ask for the full price.”

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