According to reports in France, Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabonese forward is under contract until the summer of 2021, which means he has now entered the final 18 months of its duration. There was talk about a new deal being on the horizon this season, but though he recently spoke in encouraging tones regarding his commitment to the club, both he and manager Mikel Arteta have so far avoided answering questions about extending his stay at the Emirates beyond the current one.
Aubameyang has arguably been Arsenal’s best player since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund back in January 2018. It’s only natural for a player of his quality to want to compete at the very highest level, which still appears to be beyond the club’s power to provide at the moment. A return to the Champions League seems a distant dream at this point of the season, with the Gunners sitting in 10th place in the Premier League table with 30 points to their name – 10 less than Chelsea in fourth. At this rate, they’re facing a tough task of getting into Europa League, let alone the elite club competition in Europe. All that could change, of course, should they end their European campaign this season with a trophy.
The Ligue 1 champions are set to lose Edinson Cavani, who has been heavily linked with Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, and they see Aubameyang as the perfect candidate to replace the Uruguay international as a quality backup for their truly formidable forward line, according to Foot Mercato. More often than not, such report turn out to be nothing more than speculation, but they are pointing out a real problem – that Arsenal have a player on their hands who’s performances are above those of the rest of the team. If the results don’t pick up, it may be a matter of time before the ‘big fish’ do come sniffing around.
The 30-year-old has scored 16 goals in 22 games in all competitions for Arsenal this season, but at the moment he is serving a three-match ban after getting sent off in the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace earlier this month. Young Gabriel Martinelli has fortunately replaced him well during the short absence, but it’s questionable if he is ready, at the age of 18, to take on the role of the player who has been Arsenal’s main attacking threat for some time now, in the long run.