Rio Ferdinand suggest Arteta’s harsh treatment on Arsenal’s outcast may cause the club a top-four finish

Mikel Arteta’s decision to release Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may cost Arsenal a Champions League qualification berth, according to 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.

And Ferdinand has warned BT Sport that cancelling Aubameyang’s contract without replacing him could jeopardize the North Londoners’ chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

“Goals,” he said. Aubameyang has left, not because he was banging them in when he was there, but because he was the captain and a significant player. They haven’t demonstrated anything that will persuade you that they’ll be consistent enough to make the top four.”


If Arsenal does not finish in the top four, then the Spaniard should be questioned.

Even before letting Aubameyang go, the Emirates Stadium club needed a striker.

So offloading one of your most significant players without replacing him was a risky choice, and one that could come back to haunt the former Manchester City assistant.