From Karim Benzema to Jackson Martinez , and from Alexandre Lacazette to Mario Mandzukic , Arsenal have been linked with almost every world class striker that has even the slightest chance of leaving this summer. While Benzema remains the dream purchase for many fans, another striker’s name has been doing the rounds lately with Arsenal linked to 26-year-old Borussia Dortmund superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Reports in the Metro have now claimed that the Gunners are all set to table a huge bid worth £28.6 million for the services of the Gabon International , as Wenger looks to mount a credible assault on the title next season.
Wenger has allegedly been a huge admirer of the player since his days in Ligue 1 and with the Gunners’ pursuit of a world class striker well documented, RevierSport have claimed that a huge offer is in the pipeline from the North Londoners.
It’s believed that the Bundesliga club wouldn’t consider selling for anything less than £31.4million – especially after letting Ciro Immobile join Sevilla.
Even though Dortmund struggled for the majority of the last season, Aubameyang had a breakout season, impressing with his performances and registering 16 goals and 6 assists in the league.Possessed with devastating speed, the highly rated striker is capable of playing both as a central striker and on either flank.
Many believe next season might be the last chance Wenger has for a credible tilt at the Premier league title. There is also a lack of a genuine world class striker in the Arsenal ranks. Olivier Giroud is a capable striker but is not of the ilk of the Costas and the Agueros. Danny Welbeck was signed last season but has failed to dislodge Giroud as a starter. There is a genuine feeling among Gunners that their club is only a world class striker away from the Premier League title. That is why Arsenal’s interest in the Gabon international is noteworthy.
He may be a more natural fit to the Gunners’ playing style than the lanky Giroud and the limited Welbeck, with perhaps a higher ceiling to his development.