FORM Arsenal favorite Tony Woodcock believes Mikel Arteta will have no choice but to bring on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang accordingly.
The former Gunners striker has attacked Aubameyang – who was stripped of the captaincy by Arteta – for ‘disrespecting’ the club’s history and traditions.
The Gabon striker has dropped in the last two games after returning late from an authorized trip to France.
He signed a three-year contract extension last September with a salary of around £350,000 a week.
And Woodcock, Arsenal’s top scorer during his four seasons at the club from 1983-1986, thinks an olive branch will have to be renewed if the North Londoners cannot sell him.
Speaking to SunSport, the 42-year-old England striker said: “Aubameyang is costing the club a lot of money, so to be back he has to score goals.
“It’s the only way he can repay Arsenal for giving him this contract extension.
“I want to think things can calm down, and I want him to be able to learn from it and apologise.
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“If that doesn’t happen, you’ve got an unhappy player who is costing the club an absolute fortune.
“Then you will have people around thinking they can get him for nothing, and the return on investment will be really poor.
“But he’s 32… someone wouldn’t pay huge sums to buy him and then pay him high salaries.
“Mikel Arteta did the right thing, but you have to see how it develops because you don’t want to throw a bunch of money out the window.
“Given what he has paid over the years and what is owed to him throughout the term of his contract, the only way to get Aubameyang’s return is for him to score a lot of goals.”
Alexandre Lacazette had the armband against West Ham on Wednesday night, but Bukayo Saka, Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale and Kieran Tierney have all been tipped as long-term captains.
Woodcock, 66, says there is no clear choice to take the captain’s armband, but the Nottingham Forest legend insists the Arsenal boss has made the right call to defend the club’s principles .
He added: “It was the only thing Arteta could do. If you neglect your timekeeping, something else will happen.
“It seems there have been times when there has been a lack of discipline. You need to show a little more respect, whether you’re the captain or not.
“You’ve got the kids of the academy going through and you’re telling them Arsenal is a club with tradition and history, that you should wear this shirt with pride.
“So you don’t show up late for work or say you can’t make it in time that day.
“There might have been a good reason, but then you pick up the phone and get in touch.
“When I joined them from Cologne in 1982, it was about behaviour.
“The captain will choose whether you wear a long- or short-sleeve shirt, and we were told that we are not allowed to shave our face because it was 100 years ago. It’s an organization.
“When you represent Arsenal, you have to lead your game, on and off the pitch.”
Woodcock made a name for himself at Forest on Brian Clough’s all-conquering side, which featured in the 1979 European Cup winners.
Along with Viv Anderson and Gary Birtles, he was one of three on the team born in Nottinghamshire.
And their stories are the focus of a new documentary coming out in early 2022 on the new streaming platform 360 Sports TV.
Launched last week with over 300 hours of content and a host of other movies on the air, it’s the first service dedicated solely to sports documentaries.
Adam Lallana, Martin O’Neill and rugby heavyweights Kyle Sinckler, Jack Clifford and Michael Young were also on board.
And Woodcock, director and founding shareholder, said: “If you win the Champions League now you are lucky to have three players from the same country.
“And you look at the class of ’79 … we had three Nottingham boys.
“Gary Birtles is a carpet tailor, Viv is from the second largest council estate in Europe, where he is one of only two black families, and I come from a quaint village with a bit of a reputation. .
“People seem to love sports documentaries but we thought we could do it another way.
“You can see Michael Jordan and David Beckham, but there are some really great stories out there about incredible effort and determination.
“I saw Arsenal doing a behind-the-scenes documentary. If we did one thing in the Forest, it wouldn’t be allowed – it would have to be on the dark web! ”
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