Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been a hot topic during recent transfers windows, but none more so than this January with a move to Arsenal anticipated.
For all the Borussia Dortmund striker’s quality and popularity amongst football fans, the 28-year-old has been causing a bit of a storm of late.
The Bundesliga outfit are keen to resolve their issues with the Gabon international and reintroduce him into the squad, having been suspended on two occasions this season.
But Aubameyang caused further controversy on Friday night when he was spotted playing five-a-side in Dortmund while his team were away to Hertha Berlin.
It’s been moments like this that has caused a rift between himself and the club this season, but those issues could be coming to an end in the form of a transfer away from the club.
Arsenal may know a little about the character which they are set to inherit, but will probably look more broadly at the fact Aubameyang was the Bundesliga’s top scorer last campaign with 31 goals.
The Gunners are set to see star man Alexis Sanchez depart for Manchester United, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the opposite direction, and Aubameyang’s expected transfer.
Despite the loss of Sanchez, Arsenal will be happy with the adequate replacement they expect to bring in, and one that Dortmund’s Andre Schurrle hopes to happen sooner rather than later.
It came as a shock that one of Aubameyang’s own teammates is willing him away from the Westfalenstadion – given he, by far, poses the biggest threat in front of goal for Dortmund.
Schurrle admits Aubameyang uncertainty problematic
However, the former Chelsea man has revealed the uncertainty surrounding the striker’s future is having a negative impact on the players – who yesterday drew 1-1 away to Hertha Berlin.
“It’s been a big issue in the team,” Schurrle admitted, per the Daily Mail. “It’s caused unrest and left us shaking our heads.
“It hasn’t been easy to concentrate on football because there’s only been one topic off the pitch.”
Schurrle has even confessed that he and his fellow teammates tried to talk to him about the situation, with Aubameyang’s behaviour and discipline having worsened this month.
“We’ve often tried to influence him in team meetings,” Schurrle added.
“When you talk to him, he’s a great guy. Everything seems ok, but you never know what’s going on in his head.”
Schurrle hopes transfer concluded quickly
And the German confessed that Aubameyang’s transfer to Arsenal “would be better for everyone if it happens quickly”.
It’s saddening that, for all Aubameyang’s success at Dortmund in recent years, that his departure from the Westfalenstadion could be on a sour note.
And Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, is expected in London on Saturday to try and finalise an agreement with Arsenal in order quash the issues of which Schurrle is concerned.