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Arsenal still paying Aubameyang

Although he has now left Arsenal, the Gunners will still be paying part of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s wages until the end of the season.

The Gabonese striker had his contract terminated by mutual agreement on transfer deadline day, allowing him to join Barcelona on a free transfer.

At the time it was presented as a good deal all round, and although the Gunners received no transfer fee for him, they would still make substantial savings on his wages over the balance of his contract.

It will, therefore, come as something of a surprise for the club’s fans to learn that, the only way that the deal could be done, was for Arsenal to continue to part subsidise him to the end of the season, with Barcelona the rest, whilst Aubameyang has also agreed to take a pay cut.

It is estimated that it will cost Arsenal a further £7 million until the end of the season to pay for a  player who is no longer even registered with them!

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