For almost a decade, Arsenal fans have lamented the lack of a succession plan in place for when Arsene Wenger leaves his role as manager. But now, as evidenced by the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a plan is finally being put together – and it stinks.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m just as keen to see the board do something in order to prepare for when Wenger leaves, but in their haste to show that work is being done, they’re only creating bigger problems for whoever the new manager is down the line.
As of today, Alexandre Lacazette is the best back-up striker in the world, and it’s not even close.
Not even the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona can afford such a luxury.
It is an extraordinary state of affairs that Arsenal find themselves in, and they did it willingly.
Aubameyang is a world-class striker, but was there a desperate need to bring him in right now? Or was this a case of the board and Sven Mislintat wanting to make a statement in regards to the future running of the club?
It’s hard to make a case for the former.
Arsenal are 6th in the league and face an almost impossible task of catching two of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea or Tottenham in order to get back in the top four and qualify for Champions League football. If it was just one of them, then maybe. But two? I’m not sure if signing both Ronaldo and Messi could help us at this juncture, never mind Aubameyang.
As for the Europa League, he’s cup-tied, so he’s literally of no use to us there.
So why did we go so far out of our way to upset the £53million pound striker we bought in the summer?
Perhaps it was done to show that losing Alexis Sanchez wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Perhaps it was done to show the rest of the footballing world that Arsenal could still sign big name players (no pun intended) and that they remained committed towards doing whatever it took to be competitive. And that’s fine.
But if the likes of Aubameyang were willing to sign for Arsenal when we look as average as we do right now, were we going to look any worse in the summer if we’d asked him then? No.
So what was the rush?