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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Murray upbeat despite France stalemate

first_img The Irish still have a chance of finishing with the wooden spoon when they face Italy in Rome on the final day of the championship having drawn 13-13 with France. Frustratingly, they have been in a position to win the last three matches despite contending with an ever-lengthening injury list, only to throw it away. “I don’t think people need to freak out. There’s no issue of confidence within the team. We’re not getting smashed by teams and are creating opportunities,” the Munster scrum-half said. “We wanted to come out this week and give a good performance. I think we did that.” He added: “We’re creating a lot, we’re controlling games and we’re controlling territory. “It’s little things like when we needed to keep the scoreboard ticking over in the second half and we probably would have kicked on again. I can’t put my finger on why we didn’t do that. There’s no need to panic. “After the first half we didn’t feel comfortable exactly but we were in a good place.” Ireland led 13-3 by half-time and were in total control, only for France to dominate the final quarter. “It is a disappointment, to a degree, but then France could have scored a try at the end and we could be standing here after a defeat,” Murray said. “It’s not quite like a defeat but it is disappointing the way the draw happened. We were ahead all game and they levelled it quite late.” Conor Murray insists Ireland must take heart from their performances in the RBS 6 Nations, even if results have left them battling at the wrong end of the table.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more