Three reasons why Arsenal should sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid Chinese Super League interest

first_img Arsenal are facing up to the prospect of potentially losing Premier League golden boot winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer amid interest from Chinese Super League clubs.According to the Times, both Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG are prepared to offer Aubameyang £300,000 per week in order to entice him away from north London, following Arsenal’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Aubameyang, 29, has proven to be a huge success in English football since making his club-record £56m move from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, scoring 41 goals in 65 games for Arsenal to become a key part of Unai Emery’s side.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt is not yet understood whether Aubameyang would be interested in making the move to China or not,2 having twice come close to doing so during his time at Dortmund, but should Guangzhou Evergrande or Shanghai SIPG firm up their interest with an offer, both he and Arsenal would have a decision to make.ADVERTISEMENTGiven his status as one of Arsenal’s best and most influential players, not to mention his popularity with the club’s supporters who have lapped up his bromance with strike partner Alexandre Lacazette, Aubameyang’s departure would be keenly felt by all at the Emirates.Nevertheless, no footballer is indispensable and selling Aubameyang this summer could make sense for Arsenal should a suitable offer come their way. Here are the reasons why…Too good to turn downIf Arsenal were to receive an offer in excess of the £56m they spent to sign Aubameyang 18-months ago, it would have to be due consideration given he will turn 30 in a fortnight’s time.The Times report states that Tianjin Quanjian had agreed to pay Dortmund £71m for Aubameyang six months prior to his eventual move to Arsenal and it is likely that the Gunners would command a similar fee to be convinced into a sale.Although Aubameyang is entering his 30s, he has shown no signs of losing his two main assets; his form this season proves that he remains an efficient and reliable goalscorer, while his searing pace and ability to break defensive lines remains undiminished. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang twice had offers to move to China while playing for Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)Consequently, his value will remain high and Arsenal would, theoretically, be in line to make a handsome profit on him.Considering his age, this summer represents one of the final opportunities to sell him at a premium price, something that the club has failed to do with other big-name players in the recent past.Emery could reinvest elsewhereArsenal’s calamitous end to the season which saw them miss out on a top-four place after being in an advantageous position at the start of April before losing heavily to Chelsea in the Europa League means that for the third consecutive season, they will be out of the Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe financial implications of missing out on the Champions League are vast and it has been widely reported that Emery’s transfer budget now stands at a meagre £40m when it would have been double that had they secured a place in the competition.It is imperative, therefore, that Emery frees up additional space in his budget by offloading players, which would allow him to reinvest in areas of the squad that desperately require it. Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Shkodran Mustafi have all been linked with moves away, but Aubameyang would certainly extract the highest transfer fee. Alexandre Lacazette could fill the void left by Aubameyang should he move to China (Picture: Getty)Lacazette, who won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award, established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in Europe while playing for Lyon and with better service from Arsenal’s midfielders, his goal tally could rise next season even without Aubameyang by his side.Having only recently turned 28, Lacazette is also two years younger than Aubameyang and if Arsenal are to bank on one of their existing strikers to lead the line over the next few seasons, it should be the Frenchman that they turn to.More: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinicGCSEs and A-Levels will be delayed due to coronavirus CommentShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitter631Shares By Oliver Young-MylesTuesday 4 Jun 2019 11:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link631Shares Three reasons why Arsenal should sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid Chinese Super League interestcenter_img Unai Emery has a reduced transfer budget to work with following Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang is also one of Arsenal’s highest-earning players on a reported £190,000 per week.The deficiencies in Arsenal’s squad were laid bare throughout last season and top of Emery’s transfer wishlist for the upcoming transfer window will be a couple of defenders as well as one or two versatile forwards who can provide creativity on the flanks.Getting the right players in requires effective scouting and significant investment and Emery will be unable to sign the players he needs to take Arsenal to the next level unless his transfer budget is swelled accordingly.Selling Aubameyang might seem a risk, but Liverpool have proven that offloading a star player can work out for the better so long as the funds raised are reinvested intelligently, with Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson both brought in with the money raised from Philippe Coutinho’s sale to Barcelona.Alexandre Lacazette is Arsenal’s true MVPAubameyang might have top-scored for Arsenal with 31 goals in all competitions and become only their third recipient of the Premier League golden boot – following Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie – but there is an argument that his strike partner Lacazette is a better all-round player.AdvertisementAlthough Lacazette had to take a back seat to Aubameyang at times last season, he still made a major contribution to Arsenal’s campaign, scoring 19 goals and registering ten assists in all competitions including three for his fellow forward.While Aubameyang is in many ways a pure, old school centre forward who comes alive inside the penalty area but contributes little outside it, Lacazette is an excellent link-forward who contributes to build-up play as well as finishing moves off himself. 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AV Jennings launches new Enclave community at Bridgeman Downs

first_imgAVJennings has launched a new community called the Enclave.Mr Young said the real appeal of Enclave was not only that people had the opportunity to build a new home but also they would be of exceptional quality, with design covenants in place to encourage architectural merit and a focus on sustainability in all dwellings.“Bridgeman Downs is transitioning into a leafy urban residential area and we’re offering a range of lot sizes to suit purchasers at all stages of life.” The AVJennings homes will boast up to 180sq m of living space, with separate living and dining areas, ducted airconditioning and an outdoor entertainment terrace. They will be four or three-bedroom houses, with a multipurpose room.Homesites are selling from $379,000. AVJennings is bridging a gap in the market for brand new architecturally designed homes and homesites in the sought after suburb of Bridgeman Downs.The launch of a new community at Bridgeman Downs is bridging the gap for new architecturally designed homes and homesites in the area.The new Enclave community will include just 38 homesites for purchasers looking to design and build their own dream home, as well as a collection of 15 architect-designed homes to be built by AVJennings.Construction on the new community has started, with land now selling and the first home makers expected to move in by early 2018.AVJennings development manager Barry Young said Bridgeman Downs was a popular area for families due to its location just 12km from the Brisbane CBD, with easy access to schools, shopping centres and parks in the leafy northern suburbs.“The 38 homesites range from 450sq m to 795sq m, giving ample room for a family home with a backyard, or a more compact abode for those looking to downsize,” Mr Young said. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“There has been little opportunity to secure a brand-new homesite or house and land package in Bridgeman Downs in recent years, so Enclave is a unique offering,” he said.last_img read more

McLaughlin, Sow help UC Santa Barbara beat Westmont 87-66

first_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Associated Press Television News Jaquori McLaughlin scored 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting, Amadou Sow made 8 of 11 from the field and finished with 20 points, and UC Santa Barbara beat Westmont 87-66 on Thursday night.Sekou Toure scored 11 points and Brandon Cyrus had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists for UCSB, which never trailed.McLaughlin scored the final seven points in a 9-0 run that gave the Gauchos (11-4) a 15-point lead with five minutes left in the first half and Westmont trailed by double figures the rest of the way.Justin Bessard led the Warriors with 27 points and Abram Carrasco scored 16.The campuses Westmont, an NAIA member, and UCSB are about 15 miles apart. LIVE TVcenter_img Last Updated: 3rd January, 2020 12:37 IST McLaughlin, Sow Help UC Santa Barbara Beat Westmont 87-66 Jaquori McLaughlin scored 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting, Amadou Sow made 8 of 11 from the field and finished with 20 points, and UC Santa Barbara beat Westmont 87-66 on Thursday night. COMMENT First Published: 3rd January, 2020 12:37 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Osage man faces numerous charges after high speed pursuit in Worth County

first_imgNORTHWOOD — An Osage man is under arrest after a high speed pursuit through Worth County.The Worth County Sheriff’s Department says a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle on Pheasant Avenue just south of Highway 105 just outside of Northwood on Tuesday. A pursuit then started heading south on Pheasant then east on 458th Street, south on Quince Avenue, and then east on 450th Street, with speeds exceeding 80 miles per hour. The pursuit ended with the truck being blocked in on Vine Avenue just north of 420th Street. 25-year-old Kaleb Sellers was arrested and faces numerous traffic violations including eluding, speeding and multiple counts of failing to obey a stop sign. He was transported and booked into the Worth County Jail.last_img read more