Arsenal have been linked with many strikers already this summer, most frequently Alvaro Morata, but quotes from an international teammate have this morning stirred the rumour mill into overdrive.
When asked who Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should join this summer by his Gabon teammate Daniel Cousin, he said: “Arsenal. Because the team plays very well. And Arsenal need a striker to win the title next season, and I think if he plays with [Mesut] Ozil, he gives good assists. I think he can play very well with this team.” Cousin told the BBC World Service.
Aubameyang scored 25 Bundesliga goals this season from just 31 league games. His clinical finishing has caught the eye of the best clubs around Europe. Aubameyang is 26 (although he turns 27 next month), a similar age to Alexis Sanchez and Ozil when Arsenal shelled out large amounts to sign them. Signing Aubameyang though would surely see the Gunners break their £40million transfer record once again, with the Gabonese international valued at ‘at least’ £45million by the German club.
Cousin went on to say that the player fancied a move to England certainly, due to it’s physical nature. The presence of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola also appear to have made both Manchester clubs an attractive destination.
“I think he wants to move to England. The Premier League is a different style than in Germany. It’s more physical,” Cousin said. “For me I think it’s a good moment for Pierre to move to a big club like Man United or Man City.
“I think he can score more goals and get more experience with a big team. They have now Mourinho at Man United and Guardiola [at Man City]. I think this kind of coach can help Pierre-Emerick to progress more.”
There were rumours recently that Aubameyang had already agreed a deal away from Dortmund, although the club quickly refuted those suggestions. It seems likely that the player will leave Germany this summer, with Real Madrid and Paris-Saint Germain also interested.
Aubameyang isn’t the greatest link up striker, nor will his defensive contributions be significant, but he can act as a spearhead to an Arsenal attack that has so often lacked a killer instinct. The Gabon international has exactly that and can give the Gunners an attacking edge that could tip the title race in their favour.
Aubameyang is tall, but not the best in the air. He uses his height and electric pace to burst through defence, and his link up play with Ozil could be brilliant. He has scored at a fairly consistent rate in a top league, 54 goals in 94 games for Dortmund. Previous to that he scored 29 in 54 for Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 (after joining permanently). Aubameyang was a youth player at AC Milan, but after four loan spells, failed to make the cut at the Italian club. It would be fair to say that despite his decent form in Ligue 1, Aubameyang is a late bloomer and has blossomed in Dortmund. Whoever signs him can be confident that he will keep performing for many more seasons yet.