Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is an ‘option’ for Barcelona showing the gap between the two clubs for all to see as Arsenal try to hold on to their star, but can Arsenal keep Aubameyang?

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal talks to Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal talks to Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has just been named Arsenal’s captain. With nine goals in 15 appearances this season he leads our goalscoring charts by two from Gabriel Martinelli who has seven in 10.

Since he arrived, he has scored 50 goals, with 12 assists, in just 80 matches and is our best player. He is vital because without his goals, we’d probably be in the relegation zone.

But to Barcelona he is just an ‘option’. They could take him or leave him, shop around for someone made a little younger, or bring him in merely to supplement their squad.

An ‘option’.

That’s who we are now. A team whose best players aren’t even totally coveted by the best sides anymore.

So can Arsenal keep Aubameyang?

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shows his frustration during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shows his frustration during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

More worrying is Auba’s desire to one day play in Spain according to Dario Sport.

With Unai Emery looking like he’s only fit to guide Arsenal out of Europe altogether rather than back into the Champions League as demanded, we could very well be entering the final few months of the Gabonese forward as an Arsenal man.

It would seem very unlikely that Arsenal can keep Aubameyang, especially if things carry on as they are with Unai Emery in charge.

Just one more thing Unai Emery has ruined.

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