What Arsenal's head of recruitment has told the club about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Arsenal's head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has been a key figure in the club's pursuit of Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The potential recruit was originally signed for Dortmund by Mislintat before going on to score 141 goals for the club in four and a half years.

That record has understandably gotten Gunners fans excited over the idea of signing the Gabon international - possibly even enough to brighten up what was looking to be a very negative January.

The speculation surrounding star player Alexis Sanchez was always going to dominate the transfer window when his contract is only for six more months, but few saw things playing out like they have.

Instead of what appeared to be a routine and easily manufactured move to Manchester City, the player has priced himself out of a place at the league leaders and is now set to join their arch-rivals Manchester United.

Mesut Ozil, who is also out of contract this summer, is yet to make it clear what his plans are, while Jack Wilshere could also leave if things don't play out the way Arsenal hope they do.

Things have been made far worse by the Gunners recent form: only one win in their last seven, and none in 2018.

A player like Aubameyang coming into the club is a clear place for optimism in what has been a very demoralising time for the club - although he doesn't come without concerns.

The 28-year-old has been suspended by Dortmund for disciplinary issues - not the first time that's happened - and there is a worry that last year's Bundesliga top scorer could prove to be a disrupting influence rather than a positive one.

Mislintat, however, says the club has nothing to fear.

The Telegraph reports that Mislintat, who joined Arsenal in the summer after a decade with Dortmund, has given assurances that Aubameyang is a dedicated player and that current issues aren't reflective of him as a professional.

Dortmund's General Manager Michael Zorc gave a very different appraisal of the player after he was left out of the team's game against Wolfsburg at the weekend.


"What is going on now is not to be tolerated by the club," Zorc said.

"It is clear, it cannot go on like this. I don’t know what is going through his mind. I don’t recognise him anymore. There is trouble in the team and that is not good.”

Aubameyang has still managed 21 goals this season, despite his problems, and that alone should excite Arsenal fans.

Alexander Lacazette has struggled somewhat this season after his club-record move in the summer, not scoring since early December and Aubameyang could very well be the answer to the team's problems going forward.

It's still up in the air whether he'll be that answer, but then it wouldn't be Arsenal if it were clear-cut.

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