28 year old, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to complete his move to Arsenal before the winter transfer window slams shut. The player had been the subject of interest from Arsenal all through this month and his pursuit was fast tracked by the exit of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United. Sanchez had refused to extend his deal at the Emirates stadium and his exit felt like a bitter pill to swallow, but the potential arrival of Aubameyang shows that Arsenal can still compete with the big boys for the best players available.
Our biggest rivals bar Chelsea have all made marquee signings this month and it would have been proof of the supposed gulf in quality had we failed to match the transfer outlay.
City are poised to pay around £60m for French centreback, Aymeric Laporte, United have signed Alexis Sanchez and Liverpool shelled out £75m on the signing of Virgil Van Dijk, a world record fee for a defender.
Arsenal are currently placed in 6th position on the league table and looking as though we are running out of steam for the business end of the season, but the arrivals of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was part of the Sanchez deal and Aubameyang could be the catalyst for us to save our season. Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang struck what was a brilliant relationship while at Borussia Dortmund and both arrive at Arsenal with reputations to prove.
While Mkhitaryan is familiar to the Premier League given his time at United, Aubameyang arrives as a first timer on English shores with a point to prove that his exploits in the German Bundesliga is not a fluke. The player is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in world football and knows that the league is a fantastic platform to show a player can mix it with the players up there in their trade.
He has been somewhat scoffed at for his remarkable goalscoring in Germany with many fans, pundits and even neutrals suggesting he can’t get sort of freedom to record the numbers he has done in the German top flight.
The fact that Arsenal have gotten a player that can stand toe-to-toe with any striker in the division is a pointer to the fact that perhaps, the Gunners are not that far behind their rivals. The Gabonese international striker will have no qualms adapting to the physical, fast and intense nature of the division as his major attributes are tailor-made for the English game.
With Sanchez and Theo Walcott having left the club, the new Arsenal players would have to hit the ground running so quickly, but being quality players they are, it shouldn’t generate any issue. Throwing the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil, Arsenal can boast of having one of Europe’s finest assembly of supremely gifted attackers.
Aubameyang was once a Real Madrid and PSG target that despite his disciplinary and attitude problems, will have no issue adapting to the English game. He scored 31 goals in the Bundesliga last term to trump former teammate, Robert Lewandowski to the top scorer award, which shows a man that won’t be weighed by the pressure of expectation placed on his shoulders.
If Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger can find a system to accommodate his attacking force, Arsenal would be up and thereabouts come the end of the season. The sun can still shine at The Emirates this term.