Tonight’s fixture against Chelsea will decide Pierre-Emerick Aubmayeang’s future as the player has been heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal is currently facing a career-defining moment. With 22 goals to his name in the Premier League, falling short by one goal for the golden boot, the Gabon international can be regarded as one of the best in the league currently if not the world despite his age.
However, even with such impressive numbers, the player is not happy with the overall performance of the team, finishing 8th in the league and failing to clinch a place in any of the European competitions. These disappointing results have left the striker to contemplate, whether he should continue at the club.
The Gunners have been struggling all season with inconsistency in their defense. The season has been a complicated one for Mikel Arteta as his side have defeated top teams like Liverpool and Manchester City and have lost to teams that were at the bottom of the table like Aston Villa. Despite all of this, the north London side has been able to secure a spot in the FA cup finals, and the result might decide the fate of their top scorer, according to the Mirror.
With their finances already stretched, facing a fourth season outside the Champions League, and with the economic situations posed by the pandemic, Arsenal could struggle to keep up with their wage bill which could also reduce their chances of signing a new contract with the former Borussia Dortmund striker. Winning the FA cup would certainly provide the club some breathing space with a 30 million euro bonus and a ticket to the Europa League.
Many teams around Europe have shown admiration and interest in the striker including big names like Barcelona who were front runners to sign the 31-year-old. The agility, pace, off the ball movements and finishing that Aubameyang provides, makes him a deadly threat up the pitch. Luis Suarez, Barcelona’s first-choice striker seems to be slowing losing all those elements with his increasing age.
The Gabon star would prove to be a worthy addition to the squad forming a lethal attack alongside Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. But looking at his age too, a big investment for a 31-year-old would be unwise as it is uncertain how long his form would last and there would be far fewer chances for a further sell-off.
Aubameyang is greatly adored by the Arsenal fans and would preferably try and avoid a move away from the English side. A player of his caliber deserves to finish his career winning the biggest of trophies, and if defeated in the finals it is a great possibility that the star striker would be looking for a move to a team where he has better chances of obtaining titles.
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