With the hustle and bustle from the recently-ended January transfer window barely settled, Borussia Dortmund centre-forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has dropped a bombshell statement, signaling he “must leave” his current club.
Aubameyang, who signed for Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund back in 2013, has been under the radar of several Premier League clubs for some time, including Manchester United, Manchester City, and Arsenal, with the Gunners thought to be the most interested.
Arsenal have been keen to add an out-and-out striker to their ranks. Indeed, ever since they lost club icon Robin van Persie to rivals Manchester United back in August of 2012, the Gunners have only signed one natural centre-forward in the form of Danny Welbeck, who is yet to thoroughly impress at the Emirates Stadium.
Despite their deficiencies up front, Arsenal have been apathetic when it comes to pursuing a striker. All that looks set to change, however, come the summer.
According to FOX Sports, the France-born Gabon international is keen to leave Germany in the summer. He was quoted as saying: “If I want to reach the next level, I must leave in the summer.”
While Aubameyang’s love for Real Madrid has not been a secret, the striker insisted he is open to a move elsewhere – something Arsenal should capitalise on.
Indeed, Arsenal will benefit from a true striker in Aubameyang. He is a world-class striker in his own right – he has scored 100 goals and counting in his four seasons with Dortmund and his prolific form is showing no signs of stopping any time soon.
This season alone, he has scored a tantalising 20 goals in 23 appearances across all competitions for Dortmund. That kind of clinical accuracy in front of goal is something Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger should not pass the opportunity on.
Just as Aubameyang finds he must leave Germany to get to the next level, for Arsenal to get to the next level – back to the top of the Premier League table – they will have to splash the cash and sign the player in the summer.
Aubameyang has a contract with Borussia Dortmund which expires in June 2020.