According to a recent report by The Telegraph, Barcelona are eyeing a late move to acquire the services of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal before the end of this month. The same source has also claimed that the Catalan outfit are desperate to sign a new forward following the injury to Luis Suarez, who will be sidelined for four months.
Hence, the new Barca boss Quique Setien is in dire need of recruiting a quality marksman like Aubameyang this winter if his side are to challenge for multiple trophies in the second half of this campaign (via The Telegraph).
Aubameyang’s Productive Season In The English Top-Flight
It is believed that the Gunners are valuing their star striker in excess of £50m this month even though his contract at North London is set to run out at the end of the next campaign (via The Telegraph). The Gabonese attacker has enjoyed another prolific season in England after putting in a plethora of goal-scoring displays in the Premier League thus far.
Aubameyang has scored 16 goals and provided one assist in 26 appearances for the North London giants this term on all fronts. The 30-year-old has averaged 2.5 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per match for the Gunners this season (stats via whoscored). He is also vastly experienced at the international level, having represented the Gabonese national side in 59 matches while netting 20 goals for his country in the process.
What Will The Gabonese Goal-Scorer Bring To The Nou Camp?
Although Aubameyang is about to turn 31 later this month, yet he is still one of the fastest players in English football, and his blistering pace makes him a menace behind the opposition backline. He is a natural goal-scorer inside the opposition penalty box as he tends to be accurate with his attempts at goal. He has proven himself to be a top goal-getter in the Premier League, so Arsenal cannot afford to lose him if they are to stand a fair chance in the Premier League top 4 race.
Setién could benefit from acquiring a proven and experienced goal-getter this month so that he can address the void left by Luis Suarez after he recently underwent knee surgery. Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi can all fill in as a striker, but they could be better utilised out on the wide areas.
Therefore, adding someone of Aubameyang’s prolific goal-scoring record will undeniably be a massive coup for the Catalan giants that could propel them back to becoming the champions of Europe next summer.
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