If Arsenal were to lose Alexis Sanchez in this transfer window but bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, many of the club’s supporters would class that as a success.
Sanchez is almost certain to leave, whether in this month or as a free agent at the end of the season, and signing Aubameyang would be a huge statement of intent.
The Borussia Dortmund striker has a questionable attitude, which have reportedly raised concerns at the Emirates Stadium, but it’s hard to ignore his incredible return.
The Gabonese forward has found the net 21 times in 24 appearances this season. He’s a natural goalscorer and would provide a spark in an Arsenal side that is heading nowhere right now.
Aubamayeng was left out of the squad for Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Wolfsburg, with Dortmund manager Peter Stoger admitting that he failed to turn up for a team meeting on Saturday.
“It was a relatively important session that he stayed away from, which showed me that he is not so focused,” Stoger said, per the Independent.
“The session was clearly announced in WhatsApp groups that are today on tablets. If he is not there, someone else is playing, who is totally focused.”
What Aubameyang has said to Dortmund
The situation has left Aubameyang eager to leave the Bundesliga outfit and according to the Mirror, he has agreed personal terms with Arsenal.
The Mirror add that Aubameyang has told his employees there is no coming back from the incident which saw him miss the Wolfsburg match.
It was his third internal suspension in little over a year, and Dortmund are simply fed up.
That should help Arsenal as they seek an agreement with Dortmund over the player’s transfer.
“At some point you can’t tolerate it any more,” Dortmund’s general manager, Michael Zorc, said about Aubameyang’s recent behaviour.
“I don’t know what’s going on inside his head. We had a very contentious discussion today. We’re not used to this behaviour from him.
“What is going on now is not to be tolerated by the club. 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.”
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