I get it, no Arsenal fan in their right mind wants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave. And why would they? The Gabon international is one of the best players of the Emirates Stadium era and he continues to score goals for fun under Mikel Arteta, often bailing the team out of a sticky situation.
However, given the economic crisis that the transfer market is bound to face this summer, plus the ageing factor, the Gunners may be inclined to sell their coveted striker. If worst comes to worst though, Mikel Arteta must be prepare to replace him. That said, here are my top 3 options…
1. Mauro Icardi
The first option for Arsenal is the one which Arsenal fans would appreciate the most, although it is bound to be the hardest to pull off. Mauro Icardi is currently on loan at Paris Saint-Germain from Inter, neither club he wishes to represent next season. According to a previous report from AS, Mauro Icardi fell out with PSG boss Thomas Tuchel after he was not selected for the Champions League match with Borussia Dortmund. Furthermore, The Sun has reported that Inter Milan’s sporting director does not wish to house Icardi at his parent club after his loan, therefore he will be sold.
Arsenal have shown a keen interest in the Argentine attacker in the past, particularly under Unai Emery. With Mikel Arteta now at the helm, only time will tell whether the interest is still there but one thing’s for sure, there’s never been a better time to sign him.
2. Jonathan David
The most likely option for Arsenal is to secure the signing of Jonathan David. The 20-year-old has been a revelation for Belgian side Gent this season. He is a Canadian international and he is set to be on the radar of many clubs this season, including Arsenal’s Premier League counterparts Everton. Football London has reported that the youngster will be available to Arsenal for just £17.5m, with the Daily Mail also claiming that a move to the Premier League is David’s “goal”. That said, this move could appeal to the Emirates Stadium hierarchy while also proving fruitful to the fans in the long run.
3. Arsenal’s youth products
Of course, another option for Arsenal is to not replace Aubameyang at all. Or, better said, replace him with what they already have at their disposal. Gabriel Martinelli has shown immense potential this season as he has scored a multitude of goals from a wide position. Similarly, Eddie Nketiah has proven he can score as he had an impressive start to the season on loan at Leeds before scoring in Arsenal’s FA Cup meeting with Portsmouth. Arsenal always have a wide array of young talent at their disposal which helps them in times like this. Hey, who knows? Maybe the departure of Aubameyang could be the catalyst for success for these two starlets.
Cover image: Nazionale Calcio, 2017