There is a dull murmur of hope that Arsenal could sign a big time striker this summer and if it turns out to be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the irony will be rich.
Arsenal has a pretty solid compendium of strikers, all diverse in their abilities, but there is still a faint glimmer of hope that Arsene Wenger will finally go all-out and capture the signature of a truly monumental goal scorer.
It would put a lot of guys out, and you could be forgiven for heavily doubting, but given how little Lucas Perez is actually used, it’s hard to imagine that he was ever supposed to be the solution.
Which is convenient, because this summer, we know for sure that both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are going to be available. They have both admitted themselves that they are ready to move on to the next challenge. Doesn’t get any more telling than that.
Aubameyang is the more enticing option out of the two, and he has been linked with Arsenal before. As early as last summer in fact. However, this time around, the price tag is looking to be bigger than ever before.
Bigger as in nine digits.
Which has never been done before.
That’s right, Aubameyang is projected to be the first ever player sold for £100m and wouldn’t it just be the pinnacle of irony if Arsenal paid that price for him. So many stigmas about this club would simply be blown to pieces.
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For starters, the belief has long been that the board cares more about profit than trophies. You couldn’t need a thesis to prove that, just a few quick glimpses at recent episodes would clear things up. It’s as close to fact as you can get.
Not only that, but one of the main reasons that the Wenger Outers want Wenger out is because they claim he is not willing to invest in the club. It is what drove guys like Robin van Persie away and although he has most certainly opened up his wallet in recent summers, that penny-pinching mantra is still going strong.
Therefore, I can’t help but feel giddy thinking about Wenger dropping the biggest transfer price tag ever to bring in a big game striker, two things that not more than a couple years ago seemed impossible, and doing it all in spite of the heavy spenders out there like Manchester United.
It would be such a victory in and of itself that the celebrations may start a bit soon.
Both Alexis and Mesut Ozil have both indicated the necessity for Arsenal to spend and improve this summer and Wenger has previous said that for the right candidate, price doesn’t matter.
So let’s see it then.