Arsenal are amongst many clubs to have been dealt a huge blow in their attempt to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he told Kicker that he is happy at Borussia Dortmund and sees his future at the Westfalenstadion but has not hidden his desire to one day play for Real Madrid.
Aubameyang told Kicker: “Dortmund is a city which is totally crazy about football, in the last years; we have the highest average attendance in Europe. The city is safe and my family feels at home. I’ve never made a secret of [the fact] I would someday like to play for Real Madrid, but I also have not extended my contract at BVB until 2020 without a reason. I feel very good here.”
Aubameyang moved to Dortmund in 2013 from Saint Etienne for an undisclosed fee, since then he has become one of Europe’s most prolific strikers scoring 35 goals in 40 matches for Dortmund this season.
Arsenal had been rumoured to be interested in Aubameyang for many seasons, and latest reports from Le 10 Sport suggest the Gunners are willing to offer up to £60million to land their man, please see link for full article
It is no secret that Arsenal need to bring in attacking reinforcements this summer with the likes of Giroud and Walcott not doing enough for the Gunners, it is understood that Aubameyang is on a list of potential targets for Arsenal.
Arsenal are looking to strengthen their core this summer after a somewhat disappointing season, Arsene Wenger is said to be felt let down by his players and is looking at a massive summer overhaul according to John Cross. Aubameyang has been watched several times this season, but in his recent interview, he seems very happy at Dortmund and it seems there will be no move for the striker this season.
Although it seems unlikely, how does Aubameyang currently compare to Arsenals current crop of strikers, will he be a major improvement on Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud?
A stat that really catches my eye is that Aubameyang has an impressive 0.91 with goals scored per 90 minutes, that is a really impressive stat and shows just how prolific he is, although Welbeck has the best stat with 0.96 you have to take into consideration that he has played a lot less games due to injury. A major concern for the Gunners would be with Aubameyang’s goals outside the area, as he scores a very disappointing and surprising 0, the same as Welbeck and Giroud whilst Walcott scores a 0.07 after his goal against Manchester City, Aubameyang is not shy to shoot from outside the area and to try and test the keeper with 0.41 shots on average, but as pointed out before he has a poor conversion record with it. Walcott tops the list for most shots outside the area with 0.56, Welbeck third with 0.32 and Giroud is rock bottom with 0.19. Goals have been a problem for the Gunners this season after scoring 48 in 30 League games, Welbeck has an impressive 75% shot accuracy, whilst Walcott is second with 60%, Aubameyang is third with 58% and Giroud last with 52%. Aubameyang once again has a very impressive score when it comes to total shots with 4.07, Giroud is second with 3.90, Walcott third with 3.01 and Welbeck last on 2.88.
In summary, Aubameyang would be a world class signing for the Gunners, he certainly fits the bill and would take them to another level, in hindsight the deal is very unlikely and the Gunners may have to pursue other targets.