Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon team-mate, Daniel Cousin, believes his compatriot is ready to play in the Premier League.
After scoring a blistering 36 goals in 45 appearances for Borussia Dortmund last season, it is little wonder why he has a whole host of teams lining up for his signature.
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However, if Aubameyang was to choose the Premier League, which of the three clubs would cough up the substantial transfer fee that Dortmund would ask for?
Here we look into what Aubameyang could bring to the English trio and whether he would fit in at the respective clubs.
It really goes without saying that Arsenal need a world-class forward to rake in the goals.
Olivier Giroud somehow managed to scrape in 24 goals last season, but suffered a serious goal drought that lasted 15 Premier League games, while Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott joined him with several blanks throughout the campaign.
The signing of the disciplined and reliable Granit Xhaka may at least somewhat mitigate the midfield and defensive frailties experienced by Arsenal since the departure of Patrick Vieira, but if they are to stand any chance of winning the league next season, they could seriously do with Aubameyang’s goal-scoring exploits.
Should he make that move to Arsenal, Arsene Wenger would likely deploy him in his more natural centre-forward position as an advanced forward or a poacher. Supported by Sanchez and Alex Iwobi on the wings, and a stellar Mesut Ozil playing behind him, he could score an easy 25 goals in the season and take the pressure off Sanchez to get the key goals in.
Jose Mourinho is keen on signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who may opt to play for former club Malmo instead.
In any case, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford on the rise, and Wayne Rooney still debating the offer for a midfield role, it would seem as though Aubameyang may be pushed out to the wings should he join United.
Just as effective out wide as he is up front, Aubameyang has the ability to cut in from both sides and knock the ball past opponents, picking out key passes or going for goal himself.
His immense off-the-ball movement and incredible work rate are both attributes that would greatly compliment his pace and acceleration, which could cause teams a lot of problems.
Pep Guardiola is set to take over Manuel Pellegrini’s squad come June, and his predecessor has left him with a red hot Sergio Aguero and rising talent Kelechi Iheanacho.
Like his rival Mourinho, Pep may also be forced to play Aubameyang out wide, and it seems as though he could use the Gabon star there.
City’s main weaknesses this season could arguably be directed to Raheem Sterling and Jesus Navas out wide.
With the former vanishing all of a sudden as the season progressed and the latter cutting a frustrated figure in City’s line up, coupled with an over-reliance on Sergio Aguero to bail them out and an injury-prone Samir Nasri, Aubameyang’s qualities would be more than welcome in Pep’s squad.
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