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This morning we have a great deal of speculation regarding the deal to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Emirates. Not on Arsenal’s part mind you, we’ve had a bid accepted and agreed personal terms with the player, so our work is done. The rest seems to sit in the hands of fate in what is fast becoming a very convoluted merry-go-round of departures. Here’s the lovely David Ornstein’s tweet on the matter:
Merry-go-round: Giroud was lined up to replace Aubameyang at Dortmund then got offer from Chelsea & was keen, so Dortmund turned to Batshuayi. But Chelsea baulked at Giroud fee so discussed Batshuayi/Llorente swap with Spurs, which nobody agreed on. Deadlock #AFC #BVB #CFC THFC pic.twitter.com/HA6ymZ6IiN
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 29, 2018
How that will impact us remains to be seen, but Dortmund have previously stated that their player will only be allowed to leave should they find a suitable replacement. They have just over a full day (Germany’s transfer window closes at 12pm tomorrow) to do so. That said, it is pretty unlikely they’ll turn down a reported £63m for a player who doesn’t really want to be there anymore. I’d say we’ll see some sort of resolution today, but I’m not getting too attached to the idea of Aubameyang as an Arsenal player at the moment just incase things do go pear shaped. If that was to happen, it would be worth remembering that it’s an unfortunate instance than can’t be attributed to Arsenal’s negotiating or “dithering” – although, I’m sure some people will try to find blame at the Club. We’ve done everything we can at this point.
Should everything go through in time and PEA signs on the dotted line, we’ll have bought ourselves a very prolific striker, one with bags and bags of pace. At 28-years-old, it’s arguable he’s within the top 5 central attackers in Europe and his goals record at Dortmund is very good – only Robert Lewandowksi has a better one. In all competitions, his goals tally is:
- 2013/2014 – 48 apps 16 Goals
- 2014/2015 – 46 apps 25 goals
- 2015/2016 – 49 apps 39 goals
- 2016/2017 – 46 apps 40 goals
- 2017/2018 – 24 apps 21 goals
Any which way you care to look at that, even if you’re of the opinion that the Bundesliga is about as competitive as Ligue1, it’s still a very impressive record. When you consider PEA will be getting service from Mkhitaryan (with whom he had a very good relationship with at Dortmund) and and the boggly-eyed genius of Mesut Ozil, I would say it’s safe to assume he’ll score goals in the Premier League – he’s already got a few against Spurs. Football in England is a bit more combative than other countries, but the Bundesliga is the closet in terms of tempo and pace, so there may not be a big need for a period of adaptation.
Of course, nothing is official yet. Any deal might as well be nowhere near completion until there is an official announcement. Everything looks favourable, but plenty of deals have gone to pot in the final moments due to unforeseen circumstances. he’s a great player, I’d love him at Arsenal, but until there’s a picture of him an Arsene Wenger holding a shirt and smiling, I’m not going to get too excited.
That’s all for this morning, folks. We’ve a game tonight away at the Liberty Stadium to play Swansea, so there’s a preview of that coming your way a bit later.
Until that time, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards:
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