Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with Barcelona for several months now, and the Catalan club’s sporting director Eric Abidal admitted, as quoted by Eurosport, that they had indeed been considering a move for him but chose against it in the end.
The La Liga title holders may well be regretting their decision at the moment. The main reason they were in for a striker this winter was the injury of Luis Suarez, the former Liverpool man who may and may not be back in action again this season. Apart from Aubameyang, they were reportedly considering Timo Werner of RB Leipzig, but in the end they came closest to signing Rodrigo Moreno of Valencia. In the end, that attempt fell through as well and they had to settle for making the best of what they already had at their disposal.
Lionel Messi is able to play as a ‘false nine’, Antoine Griezmann can be a striker if need be, and they also have young Ansu Fati in their ranks. But Ousmane Dembele was set for a very prominent role in the coming months too, but that is now no longer an option. The former Dortmund winger who, like Suarez, was linked with Arsenal at one point in his career, suffered a complete hamstring tear a few days ago and he definitely won’t be playing again this season.
Meanwhile, Abidal refused to give Barcelona’s reasons for opting against Aubameyang, but he also refused to rule it out in the future. He praised the Gabonese for his decisiveness for Arsenal, and said his profile has ‘depth’.
“We will see what happens”, he said.
Aubameyang, who has so far scored 16 goals in 27 games for the Gunners in all competitions this season, has only 18 months remaining on his contract, and that could work heavily in the favour of Barcelona should they decide to reignite their interest in the summer.