Arsenal are apparently contemplating a move for VfL Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst. That, at least, is what the press in Germany are saying at the moment.
At the age of 27, Weghorst is Wolfburg’s top scorer this season, with 20 goals from 42 appearances in all competitions for his current club. Standing 6’5″ tall, he is obviously a threat from the air, but he’s quite good with his feet too. He passed through the ranks at several Dutch clubs before eventually moving to the Bundesliga side from AZ Alkmaar in 2018, and he has managed to earn four caps with Netherlands so far.
But the flip-side of this story, coming from Bild, is that Arsenal are actually mulling over a potential move for the Wolfsburg powerhouse as a safety net in case they are unable to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. And for all his height, Weghorst comes up short when compared to the qualities of the current Arsenal captain. For one thing, he is not nearly as versatile as Aubameyang – he only plays as a classic centre-forward, but there are, of course, other reasons as well.
Aubameyang’s future at the Emirates still hangs in the air. As we all know, his contract expires in 12 months and it is reasonable to expect Arsenal to let him go now in order to bring some money in, rather than to keep him by force for a year and lose him for free next summer. That is, of course, if he refuses to put his name on a new contract soon.
If this happens, if Aubameyang leaves and Weghorst ends up being his replacement, the newcomer would seemingly have a big void in the team to fill. Replacing the man who has been Arsenal’s arguably best player for two and a half years now would be quite a task for almost anyone. On the other hand, it would probably mean far bigger responsibility for Alexandre Lacazette, and possibly more of Bukayo Saka on the left wing. Weghorst could even turn out to be a backup option.