Arsenal are reportedly willing to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, with the striker missing the opening game of the Premier League season.
The Times report that Arsenal are willing to offload Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, despite only tying him down to a new contract a year ago.
Aubameyang missed the opening game of the season against Brentford on Friday, though this wasn’t due to any imminent transfer. The striker was ruled out of the game through illness, according to Arsenal, along with Alexandre Lacazette and Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson.
Mikel Arteta said after the game that he doesn’t know how long the club captain will be out, but he’s out for the time being and there’s no suggestion he wouldn’t be involved if he could.
All the same, it seems Arsenal are starting to lose faith in the 32-year-old, amid his issues on the goalscoring front. Aubameyang scored 15 goals last season, only just over half what he managed in the previous campaign, and he struggled to find the net at all in pre-season.
The problem is that there won’t be many buyers for the kind of fee that would allow the Gunners to replace Aubameyang. It’s the same story with so many of Arsenal’s transfer listed players.
Realistically, Arteta is probably going to need to stand by the striker and hope he can play his way back into form.
In fairness, with the way Arsenal played on Friday without Aubameyang, it’s pretty clear the issues run deeper than simply a lack of clinical finishing.