Three reasons why Arsenal should sign Aubameyang if Benzema bid fails

Three reasons why Arsenal should sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer

By Yulea Roopai

Valuable asset

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has developed into an exceedingly brilliant player over the last few years, which would make him a very valuable asset for the Gunners. He’s lightning fast and an excellent dribbler, and he would add more directness to an Arsenal side that benefited greatly from the arrival of a similar player in Alexis Sánchez last summer. As far as Aubameyang’s attributes go, Arsene Wenger’s interest is understandable. Furthermore, the English League remains an attractive prospect and a move to Arsenal would also secure a chance to play in the Champions League for the striker. This after current team, Dortmund finished seventh last season and will feature in the Europa League.

Approaching his prime

At 26, Aubameyang is pretty close to his prime. The Gabon international has the kind of versatility which appeals to Wenger – he can play pretty much anywhere along the front line. Selling him now would be the way for Borussia Dortmund to make maximum cash on one of their top assets. BVB are no strangers to selling their best players for the right price. The striker had the highest shot accuracy at Dortmund last season converting fifth of those into goals. In comparison to Giroud, who hit the target with only 50% of his efforts.

A guarantee of 20 goals or more

Manager Arsene Wenger scouts have been evaluating the top forwards who could be available but have faced constrictions of price and location but Aubameyang seems a perfect fit if the Benzema deal fails. Giroud is Arsenal’s first-choice striker in the current 4-2-3-1 system, with the currently injured Danny Welbeck the other major option for Wenger. Aubameyang, who has netted 16 times in the Bundesliga last season, finished as Dortmund’s top scorer, just four behind the club-leading Marco Reus, could fit the role. There is also the fact that Theo Walcott has also expressed his desire to play upfront, however, there are still reservations as to whether the Englishman could fulfill the role against better opposition.

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