Aubameyang Deal Rests on Giroud’s Shoulders
In any other window, the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from one of your rivals would be lauded as real coup, but we all know, it came at a costly price with Alexis Sanchez going the other way.
Wenger has essentially claimed that it is a like for like swap of world class talent, but the simple truth is that for a couple of good seasons at Borussia Dortmund aside, the attacking Armenian is yet to prove he is deserving of such a grand title (but that’s not to say he wont be).
However, the loss of Sanchez may not be the dawn of the apocalypse many feared it would be especially as rumours persist that Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be soon set to join the Gunners ranks.
With 141 goals in 212 appearances for Die Borussen, Aubameyang is the key Wenger is looking for if Arsenal are to have any chance of reaching the top four this season.
Despite being five points behind Liverpool who hold that coveted fourth spot, following the Reds surprise loss to Swansea on Monday night many betting and casino pundits such as TopCasinoSites fancy Arsenal to still make the top four, but only if Aubameyang is brought in.
Ironically, the deal looks like it rests on the shoulders of one man, Olivier Giroud.
It has come to light that both Arsenal and Dortmund representatives failed to come to an agreement in the first round of negotiations which took place on Sunday after the Gunners offered £44 million for the forward.
Dortmund are pushing for closer to £60 million but it appears Arsenal’s next bid is likely to be in the region of £52 million plus a six-month loan deal for Frenchman Giroud.
Now into his sixth season at the Gunners, sources close to the 31-year-old have reported he is keen on a move in a bid to get more first team football.
After 73 Premier League goals in 179 league appearances, Giroud has been a solid performer if not prolific and has been something of an impact player for Wenger coming off the bench which is a reputation the man who has 69 caps for France wants to avoid.
It seems the whole move rests simply on whether Giroud wants to go on loan for six months but with a world cup on the horizon, it seems most probable that he will in order to get more game time.
At a high-profile club such as Dortmund he will certainly stay in the forefront of France head coach Didier Deschamps mind when he announces his squad for Russia and that is likely to be the deciding factor for the French attacker.
With Wenger’s tenure coming to a close in 18 months, the 68-year-olds philosophy is changing from building for the future to building for right now.
If Aubameyang signs, it could prove to be one of the most pivotal signings of Wenger’s many years in North London.
With plenty still to play for this season, Sanchez leaving for Manchester United could be exactly what Arsenal needed as rather than losing one world class player, it looks like they could be on the verge of bringing in their second.