Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has emerged as a potential target for Barcelona next summer, according to reports in Spain.
Luis Suarez, who almost joined Arsenal back in 2013 before he led Liverpool’s ultimately doomed title chase the following season and moved to Barcelona afterwards, has turned 32 and his form isn’t what it used to be. Injuries have also started creeping in on the controversial Uruguayan, and it seems the end of his bliss is very near. Naturally, they will be aware of that at the Catalan club, and various reports have been linking them with a host of strikers that would perhaps be able to replace him. They still haven’t signed such a player, and El Chiriguito now claim they have started looking at Aubemayang.
There can be very little doubt that the Arsenal forward has what it takes to succeed at Barcelona. Pace, trickery, ability to adapt to different attacking roles, combined with quick feet and superb finishing, those are the traits needed to fill the boots of Suarez and Aubameyang has them all in abundance. The only downside of such a move for the La Liga champions would arguably be his age. Having turned 30, he’s not exactly a young player to keep the position occupied for the next 10 years. But until such a player emerges, it’s reasonable to assume he would be able to help them big-time over the next two or three seasons.
It’s hard to guess at this point what Aubameyang’s stance would be if an offer for his services came in from Catalonia right now. But come summer, if Arsenal fail to make top four once more, it’s even harder to imagine him not wanting another go in the Champions League, a serious one this time, before his form wanes too. Negotiations between his representatives and the club over a new contract are reportedly ongoing, but an agreement hasn’t been reached yet, and it is believed he is determined to keep his options open.
It’s always important to finish inside the top four for so many reasons, but this season it seems perhaps more crucial than ever. And it won’t be easy, given the look of the Premier League table at the moment and Arsenal’s worrying trend of dropping points. The club certainly need to put their thinking caps on when they ponder Unai Emery and whether he is still the man to bring success.