The approach of the summer transfer window pushes sports writers and tabloid newspapers into overdrive, speculating on which star players could be on the move to big-name clubs for record-breaking fees and, of course, this year is no different.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was expected to splash the cash during the summer transfer window in an attempt to improve his squad and mount a credible challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League and resulting in Champions League qualification. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown every plan into disarray.
Nevertheless, the rumour reel is still in overdrive and the Gunners boss will be just as keen to keep hold of his best players as he is to get household names in through the Emirates revolving door.
Mounguengu Outburst Stuns Football Fans
If the inexperienced 38-year-old manager – former assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City – is to have any chance of booking his employers an invite back to the Champions League, he will have to convince his star striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to stay and fight for the cause. Easier said than done according to some insiders, who predict the goal-getter could be persuaded to move to another club in the summer transfer window.
In a recent interview that sent shockwaves through English football, putting top teams in the Premier League on red alert, president of the Gabon Football Federation, Pierre Alain Mounguengui, announced he believes Aubameyang should make the move to a more ambitious club after winning nothing at Arsenal. Infuriating supporters of the club, he added that Aubameyang’s time at Arsenal so far has been a collective failing.
Such an outburst will disappoint Arteta who, only recently, assured fans of the North London club that he aims to keep hold of his prized asset under any circumstances. It is now believed that a new contract will be offered to the club captain after the 2019/20 season. In doing this, Arsenal would help settle the player.
Aubameyang Targets Top Scorer Prize
It leaves little to wonder why the club are desperate to keep hold of Aubameyang. The 30-year-old holds the vital experience of European football with his previous clubs including Milan, Monaco, and Borussia Dortmund. Since swapping the German Bundesliga for the Premier League for £56m, a club record fee at the time, he has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances for the Gunners.
At present, with the 2019/20 season 29 games old, Aubameyang is second in the top goalscorer charts on 17 goals, two behind current leader Jamie Vardy of Leicester City. The top goal scorer football betting odds at bet365 before the Premier League was postponed had the Gabon international as one of the favourites.
Arsenal are placed ninth in the table with stats of nine wins and 13 draws against six defeats. They have scored 40 goals in 28 games which is just four less than Manchester United in fifth. Having won each of their last three games, it appears Arteta is getting the hang of things but to improve, he’ll need Aubameyang settled and happy.