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Martin Odegaard opens up on ‘tough’ Aubameyang-Arsenal split

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The Gabonese striker left the north London club in January after being dropped from the squad.

Martin Odegaard has admitted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s unceremonious departure from Arsenal was difficult for the entire team.

 Despite Aubameyang being the club’s top earner on a reported £350,000-a-week salary, Mikel Arteta stripped the striker of the captaincy and dropped him for a ‘disciplinary breach’ in December.

 The Gunners boss then allowed him to join Barcelona a month later on a free transfer. He recently selected Odegaard as the new captain ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

“I think it was a tough situation for everyone. No one wanted this to happen,” Odegaard said on Football365.

“It was not an ideal situation for the club, for the players, for Auba of course it was tough. For Auba, it was hard and for the manager.

“It was a difficult and tough situation but in football, you have to keep going and look forward and I think we did that in a good way. So, it was a sad situation, but you have to deal with it and move on.”

Arsenal kick off their latest Premier League venture on Friday night at Crystal Palace.