Former Gunners star makes interesting point about new Arsenal signing
Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson can't understand why the Gunners didn't sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last summer
Stewart Robson has questioned why Arsenal didn’t sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last summer instead of signing Alexandre Lacazette.
The Gunners signed Aubameyang in a club record £56m deal from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund on transfer deadline day to bolster Arsene Wenger’s attacking options at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal paid £4m more for Aubameyang than Lacazette after the Gunners brought in the France international from Ligue 1 side Lyon last summer despite also being linked with the Gabon striker.
The French forward has struggled to adapt to the Premier League following a disappointing return of nine goals in 24 appearances in the current campaign.
Arsenal’s January signing Aubameyang is being tipped to start ahead of Lacazette, with uncertainty surrounding how Wenger will accommodate both centre-forwards in the same starting line-up.
Former Gunners midfielder Robson admits he is confused about Arsenal’s decision to wait six additional months to sign Aubameyang despite their apparent interest in the African forward last summer.
“If they wanted him so much, why didn’t Arsenal go for him in the summer rather than Lacazette?” Robson told Irish radio station Newstalk.
“Aubameyang was available [but] Arsenal didn’t buy him then. They instead bought Lacazette. I think they’re admitting Lacazette hasn’t been the success they thought he would be.”
Arsenal signed Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal in the January transfer window that saw South American forward Alexis Sanchez head to Manchester United as part of the exchange.
The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 and finished in fifth place last term.