Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likely to leave Premier League side Arsenal this summer, in his pursuit of Champions League football.
The Gabon international has scored 15 goals in the league so far this season, joint-third with Southampton striker Danny Ings, and his heavy contribution to the side has stopped the Gunners from sliding further down the table.
Mikel Arteta’s men are currently 10th in the table, and may need to sell multiple players to raise funds for a rebuild in the summer. Aubameyang could be at the top of that selling list, as the 30-year-old has less than 18 months left remaining on his current contract.
The striker started joined AC Milan as a teenager back in 2008, although he failed to make an immediate impact at the San Siro. After multiple loan spells in France, he joined St-Etienne in 2011 where he kickstarted his career.
His brilliant performances and goalscoring ability earned him a move to Borussia Dortmund after spending two seasons with the French side, and continued to impress out in Germany before arriving at the Emirates Stadium in 2018.
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After winning last season’s Premier League golden boot, Aubameyang may be looking for one last major move at 30-years-old. It’s believed that La Liga champions Barcelona are one of the sides interested in a possible move.
If the Gabon striker is to leave England in the next transfer window, it will be essential that Mikel Arteta secures an adequate replacement, as Aubameyang has become a key player for the side.
According to the Mirror, Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler and RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano are two of the players on the Gunners’ radar ahead of the summer.
Despite the signing of David Luiz in the summer, the Premier League side have failed to fully tighten up their defence – one of the main reasons for the sacking of Unai Emery earlier on in the season.
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Greek defender Sokratis has fallen out of favour under Arteta, with Shkodran Mustafi appearing regularly under the Spaniard despite falling out of favour with the supporters several times throughout his Arsenal career.
However, the club’s relentless pursuit of Upamecano could finally pay off in the summer, as the Gunners look to solve their defensive woes that have haunted them over the past few seasons.
They will now need to battle for every single point they can get if they are to secure Europa League football again next season, unless they go on to win the FA Cup in May.
Arsenal go up against Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton this Sunday (4:30pm), and could climb two results if they win and other results go their way. However, the Toffees are in scintillating form under the Italian after a poor start to the season.
However, the are just three points ahead of 13th place Newcastle United, as Mikel Arteta looks to get the London side’s season back on track.
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