In keeping with yesterday’s Bourne-themed title, it would appear Arsenal have showed their negotiating supremacy (Okay, that segue is pretty weak, bare with me… I’m really really just squeezing it in so I can use, ‘The Aubameyang Identity’ as a headline tomorrow to do a profile, thus completing the trilogy, albeit backwards…) and we’ve reached a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The news broke late last night that the two Clubs have managed to reach and agreement when it had looked likely to come crumbling down. I’ve a spirit-crushing case of man-flu at the moment, and I was just about to settle down for a substantial period of rest last night when I decided to do one last check of the Gonnerverse. It was then I was presented by this tweet from the ever-reliable David Ornstein:
BREAKING: Arsenal close to reaching agreement to sign to striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for club-record fee in region of £60m. Transfer won’t be sanctioned until #BVB have replacement lined up – remains unclear if that will be Olivier Giroud or not #AFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 28, 2018
On account of that decision, I was awake for another 90 minutes, my cold has percolated further and I now feel like hammered sh*t. Thanks, Arsenal… Wenger out.
Silliness aside, Ornstein doesn’t tend to get much wrong. He’s like a little tugboat of truth ploughing through an ocean of utter bollocks. So, I would suggest it’s fair to say that we are very close to seeing an unveiling. However, the part about Dortmund wanting a replacement will most probably mean the saga has a little more time to drag on yet – I don’t imagine we’ll see full resolution until Wednesday.
At present, some rumours link Olivier Giroud to Chelsea, which I do not care for one little bit. I can understand that he might wish to move on in order to secure more playing time, but we shouldn’t even consider selling him to another Premiership club. I know money talks and if Chelsea bid a substantial amount for essentially our 3rd choice striker, we’ll probably take it with open arms, but it’s just wrong. Over the past 10 years, the sight of Arsenal players moving to Premiership rivals has become increasing more likely – it all started with Ashley Cole in 2006. Before then it was a rarity to see our first team players move to another team in England. Sanchez was bad enough this month, doing it twice would be particularly annoying, especially given that Giroud has plenty to offer in an Arsenal shirt.
With some people suggesting there’s a chain involved here which involves Dortmund signing Michy Batshuayi as a replacement for Aubameyang and Chelsea moving for Giroud, it might be that we need to do something negative in order to secure something positive. I hope it doesn’t come to that, but I’ve a feeling it might. It remains to be seen whether or not this deal represents our last business of the window, but I hope Arsene has a trick up his sleeving and we get a solid defender as well. It’s arguable we still need one of those more than a striker.
That’s all for today, folks. I’ll be back tomorrow with more.
Until that time, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.
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