The Aubameyang-Arsenal romance seems to hit a roadblock as Arsenal have reportedly ended negotiations with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and are willing to entertain any offers they might receive for the club’s skipper. This comes after Gabon Football Federation President’s statement that Aubameyang needs to:
“secure a contract with a more ambitious club, I don’t want to say that Arsenal isn’t ambitious, but Arsenal doesn’t have ambitions as high as some other clubs as far as Europe is concerned.”
Aubameyang’s contract with the Gunners is due to expire at the end of next season. Inter Milan have identified Aubameyang as a potential replacement for Lautaro Martinez if he departs for Barcelona. Manchester United, Chelsea, and Real Madrid are all also interested in signing the striker. Though last month, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said that he was keen on keeping Aubameyang
“under any circumstances”
and the club has to negotiate a new deal before the end of the season with Aubameyang.
Though the journey at Arsenal has not been a bed of roses for the former Borussia Dortmund striker, he is yet to win a trophy with Arsenal after losing both the Europa League and Carabao Cup finals. Also, Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League are slim as the current season has been a disaster even before the Coronavirus pandemic started.
Gabon’s Football Federation President in his statement also mentioned that:
“All Gabonese people see Aubameyang at this level, where he can now end his career at a major club and, above all, beyond individual trophies, to bring home a major competition. On an individual level, we all consider him to be among the best players in the world but the advice I give to him is to continue to work and to attract the attention of the biggest clubs and the most ambitious clubs.”
Aubameyang’s personal record at Arsenal has been respectable, he won the Premier League Golden Boot as he was the joint-top scorer in the Premier League with 22 goals alongside Liverpool duo Mohammad Salah and Sadio Mane in 2018–19 season. His current tally for the season stands at 17 goals at second place with just 2 goals short of Leicester’s striker Jamie Vardy.
But, football is all about collective performances and Arsenal have failed to please the crowd at the Emirates after Wenger’s departure. Mounguengui in his interview with ESPN also expressed that:
“Aubameyang is a world-class player but for him, or anyone else in Europe who hasn’t won a major honour, football is a collective sport, Right now he’s at Arsenal and he’s won nothing here. So it’s a collective failing.”