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Will Aubameyang leave Arsenal at the end of the season?

The future of Arsenal’s marksman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been a big subject of debate in recent weeks with the Arsenal captain heading into the last year of his contract. Despite the English Premier League season’s suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the transfer rumor mill continues to spin. Aubameyang joined Arsenal in January 2018 for a then club-record fee reported to be 56 million pounds. Aubameyang has been one of the most dependable finishers in the Premier League, and nobody has been more prolific than him since he arrived in England. Last season, Aubameyang was one of the three joint top scorers in the Premier League, sharing the accolade with Liverpool pair Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane with 22 goals. Aubameyang has scored 17 times in the Premier League so far this season, second only to Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy. Aubameyang is 30 years of age, and he is nearing the final years of his career.

As such, success and silverware will undoubtedly be on his mind as he hopes to build on the three trophies won at Borussia Dortmund. His hunger for silverware makes it increasingly more likely that he will not be an Arsenal player come next season.

 

Where could he go?

Aubameyang will soon enter the final years of his current Arsenal contract. Talks over a contract renewal have broken down due to an issue of Arsenal being unable to increase his weekly wages.

At the moment, Aubameyang is against the idea of him renewing his current deal at the Emirates, and clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea have all been touted as having an interest in the Gabonese man. Chelsea could place a bid for Aubameyang this summer as manager Frank Lampard looks to revamp his squad. Chelsea has previously targeted RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, Olympique Lyon’s Moussa Dembele, and many others. So chasing someone as talented and experienced as Aubameyang, a Premier League Golden boot winner in the 2018-19 season, makes sense. Throw in the fact he has somewhat of a reduced price-tag with only a year left on his contract, and this looks like a steal for Chelsea. Tammy Abraham is Chelsea’s leading marksman, and he has done superbly well so far this season.

However, he is just 22 years and lacks experience. His back-ups Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi are not giving the youngster the needed competition. As such, Frank Lampard wants to bring in another center forward to replace them. Although Aubameyang is 30, he still has plenty of gas left in his tank and has far fewer miles on his legs than most world-class strikers at his age. He will also serve as a guide for Tammy Abraham as he develops into a full professional during the club’s youth movement. The Catalan giants Barcelona are also on the hunt for an established striker to replace Luis Suarez, and they view Aubameyang as his perfect replacement. Although Inter Millan’s  Lautaro Martinez is a target for Barcelona as Luis Suarez’s replacement, they see Aubameyang as more experienced with pedigree than Martinez. Real Madrid is one of the top clubs who have shown an interest in the Gabonese man. Luca Jovic was brought in last summer but has failed to deliver for Real Madrid, and it’s very likely he might be shown the exit door this summer. Real Madrid can offer Dani Ceballos, who is currently on loan at Arsenal as a swap deal to land Aubameyang.

 

What next for Aubameyang and Arsenal?

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will have to make a massive call on Aubameyang’s future this summer. The Gunners cannot afford to lose their prize asset for nothing as it has been a recurring theme in recent years that has seen vital players run down their contracts at the club and leave for free. If the Arsenal board is not able to convince him to sign an extension, the best move will be to sell him this summer.   Lack of Champions League football is one of the reasons why Aubameyang is playing the hardball game with Arsenal. Since he arrived at the club, he has never tasted Champions League football, and every great player desires to play in the Champions League every season.

From the look of things, it will be a tough task for the Gunners to return to the top four of the Premier League when it resumes.

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