Arsenal could listen to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s offers this summer, barely a year after granting him a contract extension, according to a report.
Aubameyang’s future was very uncertain last summer, with only one year left on his contract. After helping Arsenal win the FA Cup and the Community Shield, he finally decided to stay in North London – but at a high price for his club.
The Gabonese striker’s new deal allows him to earn a salary of over £ 300,000 per week. This sum eclipses all the salaries of his teammates.
However, his status as Arsenal’s top earner has not been reflected on the pitch this season. He has scored nine goals from 24 Premier League appearances until the international break in March.
His form has not been as strong as it was a few years ago. Once a Golden Shoe winner, he is not even among the top 10 scorers of the English elite this season.
It could be a concern for Arsenal. Indeed, a report of Football insider claim that some numbers at the club believe he is past his prime and that they may have made a mistake.
With funds set to be tight if the Gunners miss European football for next season, Aubameyang is now seen as someone who can be sold. But they will have to be paid the right price.
At 32, Aubameyang’s market value will start to decline over time. However, given that he is still under contract until 2023, Arsenal could still get a decent fee for him this summer.
Therefore, if any of the clubs that tried to reward him last year retain an interest, Arsenal will consider entering into negotiations. But the report warns that it can be difficult to find a club willing to invest so much in the forward.
It looks like Arsenal may come to regret the decision made last summer. All they can hope for until the next transfer window is for Aubameyang to regain some form.
His potential departure may be a necessity at the end of the season, if Arsenal are to compete for the goals they want to sign.
The future of Lacazette also in doubt
All of that could change in Arsenal’s attack over the next few months, with Aubameyang’s main competitor for the starting striker role Alexandre Lacazette also facing an uncertain future.
Lacazette only has one year left, which puts Arsenal in the same situation they were with Aubameyang a year ago.
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Now they have a decision to make – and there is no shortage of interest in the Frenchman. A recent report found that Atletico Madrid retain interest and have been joined in the chase by Sevilla and Roma.
Alternately, Lacazette could be sent to Real Betis as part of a trade for target playmaker Nabil Fekir.
Either way, if Aubameyang or Lacazette – or both – leave, Arsenal will need to fill the void up front as well.
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