May 24, 2024

The man to blame if Arsenal misses out on a top-four finish, Rio Ferdinand

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Ferdinand has intimated that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is to blame if the Gunners miss out on a top-four finish.

Mikel Arteta’s decision to release Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may cost Arsenal a Champions League qualification berth, according to former Manchester United player, Rio Ferdinand.

Arsenal are only one point behind fourth-placed West Ham United, but Arteta’s side are in good shape with two Premier League games remaining.

Arsenal beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 at Molineux on Thursday night to increase their hopes of finishing in the top four.

On a night when the Spaniards’ attacking players battled mightily, central defender Gabriel Magalhaes scored the game-winning goal.

Since Boxing Day, Arsenal has only scored two goals in all competitions.

Ferdinand has told BT Sport that terminating Aubameyang’s contract – without signing a replacement – could seriously harm the North Londoners’ Champions League qualification bid.

He said: “Goals. Aubameyang has gone, not that he was banging them in when he was there, but he was a big player, the captain. They have not shown you anything that will convince you that they’re going to be consistent enough to get into the top four.”

Ferdinand on Arteta’s mistake

Well, if Arsenal finishes outside the top four then absolutely, the Spaniard should be questioned.

The Emirates Stadium outfit needed a striker even before getting rid of Aubameyang.

So to offload one of your most influential players without signing anyone to replace him was certainly a very questionable decision and one that could come back to haunt the former Manchester City assistant.

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