Striker increases pressure on Arsenal before career “turning point.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shifts responsibility for contract negotiations with Arsenal to the direction of his Gunners superiors.
Aubameyang said he has “received no offer, but has been talking to the club for a few months”. Pierre-Emerick stated how this could be a turning point in his career and it will be a very difficult decision. The Arsenal striker tells all “It may be the most important decision in my career. But I haven’t decided yet.”
The 31 year old stricker switched from Borussia Dortmund to the Londoners in January 2018 for around £58 million. Since then, Aubameyang has scored 61 goals in 97 competitive matches and has also assisted 13 goals.
Aubameyang still has a contract with FC Arsenal until 2021. Negotiations for an extension have been underway for months – so far without any result. The Gunners want to extend, but Aubameyang seems rather undecided, flirting with a last big change in his career.
If Arsenal are to achieve a reasonable transfer fee, they have to sell the top star this summer, but at the latest, in the winter break of the coming season.
Or does Arsenal even waive a transfer? Reported that Arsenal FC aren’t willing to give up Aubameyang yet and, if necessary, keep the striker until the end of the contract – even if Aubameyang would not extend his contract.
However, it has also been said that the club has a “pain limit.” There is a willingness to talk about a transfer with an offer from £20m.
In 2018, the Premier League club spent £57.581 million for the services of the Gabonese striker. According to reports, Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta wants to personally convince the striker that his future lies in London.
The former Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan striker followed former BVB team mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the Emirates in the same January transfer window where they were unable to recreate their partnership from their time in Germany.
Aubameyang, who is one of the top earners of the Gunners with a weekly salary of £180,000 is to become the leader of a new young team that will again be regularly represented in the Champions League in the future.
Since joining the Gunners, the 31-year-old has scored 49 goals in 76 appearances for the North London side. The former Borussia Dortmund striker is currently two goals behind Jamie Vardy in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot and will be looking to better his total of 22 goals in a Premier League season that he set in the last campaign.
In January there were discussions between FC Barcelona and Aubameyang. However, the Catalans were not prepared to pay the transfer fee of just under £51 million at that time.
The situation has long been different in the era of the corona pandemic. Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea FC and Inter Milan should continue to monitor the situation of the striker very closely.
The Premier League season hasn’t yet been completed, but already some attention has been switched to the upcoming transfer window.
It has recently been reported that the date the window may open could be delayed until August, which could mean that the season will be ended before players are able to bring in any new signings.
Arsenal will be active in the upcoming window, as Mikel Arteta attempts to build a squad in his image. There will certainly be outgoings, with David Luiz already reportedly set for the exit. But, which players do the bookmakers believe will be moving in the opposite direction over the summer?
Ryan Fraser could be on his way to the Emirates according to the latest odds. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both reportedly interested in the Bournemouth winger, with the Scottish international available on a free transfer when his contract expires.
Fraser has been an integral part of the Bournemouth set-up throughout their stay in the Premier League, and he will likely be an important part in their team as they look to consolidate their position in the top-flight.
The 26-year-old has scored 16 goals in 120 games in the Premier League. He would add a new option for Arteta on the wings, with one of his main strengths being his crossing ability. Throughout his career in the Premier League, he has made 705 crosses, with a cross accuracy of 23%. He has registered 26 assists and has a tackle success rate of 65%. His attitude will be a welcome addition to the Arsenal dressing room and will be an astute signing for the club.
The Gunners are also the favourites to bring in Odsonne Edouard from Celtic. The dialogue between the two clubs seems to be strong after the Gunners previously did business with the Scottish champions last summer to bring in Kieran Tierney.
Edouard has been a revelation since joining Celtic from Paris Saint-Germain, as he has scored 62 goals in 126 appearances in all competitions. This season had been the best one for the 22-year-old to date, as he had scored 22 goals in just 25 starts in the SPL.
The Frenchman is already being linked to a number of Premier League sides, which means Arsenal will likely need to make a big offer to get their man. He also has European experience, which would be seen as a positive by Arteta, as Edouard scored three goals and made two assists in six appearances in the Europa League this season.
The Gunners could yet face stern competition from Manchester United and Everton for the striker.
The name on the lips of all Arsenal fans this summer will be Thomas Partey. Atletico Madrid are reportedly open to doing business with the Gunners for the combative midfielder, but the Spanish side may demand Alexandre Lacazette to be included in any potential deal. Arsenal fans are hoping that he deal can be completed, as he will add some much-needed steel into the Arsenal midfield.
The Gunners may still face competition for his signature, with Manchester United and PSG also showing an interest. The 26-year-old has been an important part of the Atletico team this season, as he has made 34 appearances in all competitions and has scored one goal.
He will help Arsenal improve their defensive record immeasurably as he makes an average of 2.5 tackles per game and 1.4 interceptions.
Arteta will be hoping to improve his discipline; however, as the Ghanaian international has already been booked ten times in La Liga this season.
As speculation about Willian’s next club continues, Arsenal have emerged as contenders to sign the Chelsea star when the transfer window re-opens.
Willian is out of contract at Chelsea at the end of the season, with north London rivals Tottenham currently the bookmakers’ favourites to sign the 31-year-old on a free transfer.
However, Spurs are not the only club to have shown interest in the Brazilian in recent weeks, and the Gunners are second favourites with a number of bookmakers at time of writing in their ‘Willian Next Club market’.
Transfer specials are always popular with football fans at this time of year ahead of the transfer window reopening at the end of the season, with many taking advantage of various free bet offers for football transfers as seen at FreeTips.com.
Willian’s agent recently admitted there is uncertainty over the winger’s future. Responding to speculation about his client’s next move, Kia Joorabchian told talkSPORT: “I think all free agent players are in an awkward situation because do you sign a new contract, do you extend for a month, do you extend for a longer period?
“I think that will be something that will just play itself out closer to the time.”
Whether the odds on Willian to Arsenal shorten in the coming weeks ahead of his contract expiring remains to be seen.
Willian is not the only player being linked with the Gunners, however, with former Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho also backed for a move to Emirates Stadium.
After dazzling at times with Liverpool, Coutinho has been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League after a tough couple of years in Spain and Germany.
The 27-year-old scored 21 goals and had 11 assists to his name in 76 games for Barcelona, but failed to make a good impression with the club’s supporters.
During his time on loan at Bayern Munich, Coutinho has scored nine goals and made eight assists from 32 appearances.
Barca are ready to accept a loss on the Brazilian, who cost them over £120million in 2018, and Chelsea are favourites to be his next club.
Although recent reports in Spain claimed Chelsea were close to agreeing a deal for the forward, a deal is yet to be struck.
Everton and Newcastle are also reportedly interested in signing the former Inter Milan ace, but as speculation the player’s future continues, Arsenal are second favourites with some bookmakers at time of writing, according to the latest ‘Philippe Coutinho next club odds’.
Coutinho to Arsenal is currently as short as 6/1 with some bookies despite being 16/1 elsewhere, which may make it a good time to take advantage of the free bets available on transfer specials as seen at FreeTips.com.
Arsenal need to rebuild this summer and Unai Emery needs financial backing from the board to do that job. Whether that actually happens or not is a different question but after identifying 5 players which need to leave the club this summer, that should leave us with some money to go out and buy some new players and help improve the squad.
So below are the 5 players Arsenal need to sign to help us progress from the work done from this season:
For the 3 and a half seasons he was at the club, he was by far (and I mean by far) our best player, and if any Arsenal fan disputes that then they are simply deluded and blinded by his move to Manchester United because he was absolutely sensational.
His level of consistency was unreal and his level of performance was excellent in every single game. He is one of the few players we’ve had at the club who you could truly consider to be world class. He was the closest you could get to a player of Messi or Ronaldo’s level, he was that good.
He was instrumental in the two FA Cup wins he had with us and always gave 110% when he put on the Arsenal jersey. He knows the club inside out, and might respond well to Unai Emery’s emphasis on 100% effort from every single player, which was an issue under Arsene Wenger where certain players in the squad were going through the motions in matches.
If he can back to Arsenal, I have no doubt he would be a success once again and would push us up another level.
His contact is up with Chelsea this summer so he would be available on a free (although there is an option for another year). He was a fans favourite and it was a strange situation when he moved to the blue part of London.
There have been games where we’ve struggled and Giroud has been an effective Plan B (and at times, a very effective Plan A) and he is a top top striker. He’s under appreciated at Chelsea and I’m sure he’d love to move back to The Emirates.
For me, bringing that sexy bastard back to Arsenal is a no brainer.
The England defender has gone on leaps and bounds and would relish a chance at a Top 6 club. At Leicester City his chances of challenging for trophies is limited and I’m sure he would succeed going up a level to a bigger club like Arsenal.
Central defence is somewhere we’ve struggled with this season and Maguire has Premier League experience. Rob Holding is the future of Arsenal’s defence and the only other top defenders we have at the club are Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, players who are 33 and 30 respectively. Shkodran Mustafi and Stephan Lichtsteiner are awful defenders who aren’t even good enough to be backup players (as we have seen this season) and Nacho Monreal is better suited to left-back. So Maguire would be a good fit and Holding would benefit from his International experience and it could only help him in his crusade to break into the England squad. Maguire is only 26 years old so would be an excellent addition moving forward and can only improve.
The 21 year old has impressed at Crystal Palace this season and what catches the eye is his excellent attacking runs as well as his defensive intelligence at such a young age.
He would fit in well at Arsenal and with Hector Bellerin struggle for most go the season with injury it would provide good competition in that position (with hopefully the departure of Lichtsteiner this summer).
He is quick, direct and versatile, and could play alongside Bellerin on the right wing if required. At only 21, he would be an excellent addition to the squad looking to the future.
With Cardiff looking like they’re going to get relegated this season, Neil Etheridge will probably not want to play in the Championship after experiencing a season in the Premier League. This summer, Arsenal will be bare in terms of goalkeepers as David Ospina looks like he’s out the door and understandably won’t want to be Bernd Leno’s understudy, and Petr Cech will be retiring come May. So a backup for Leno is a must.
Emiliano Martinez has impressed for Reading this season but with two goalkeepers leaving then it would be naive to just have Leno and Martinez as our goalkeeping options for the season.
Etheridge has impressed in a Cardiff side struggling at the wrong end of the table and would be an excellent addition to Arsenal, and he’s only 29.