In Focus: Arsenal target Aubameyang would be an intelligent signing

According to reports in The Telegraph, Arsenal are closing in on a deal that will see Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang move to the Emirates Stadium before the transfer window slams shut on January 31.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Telegraph says that the Bundesliga giants are prepared to sell the Gabon international in a deal worth around £50m this month, after he was left out of the squad that played Wolfsburg at the weekend due to disciplinary reasons – not for the first time this season.

The Telegraph says that the Gunners’ new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, who used to work for Dortmund, is backing a move for the 28-year-old despite issues with his behaviour, and it is no surprise given his incredible record in front of goal.

The report adds that the move does come as a bit of a mystery despite the imminent departure of Alexis Sanchez however, with the north London outfit already having club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette in their ranks and with Wenger’s preferred formations usually only incorporating one striker.

How has Aubameyang done this season?

While he has had a number of fall-outs with the club, the 28-year-old has still been in outstanding form.

The speedy centre-forward has scored 21 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund, and he has 141 goals in 212 games for the German club in total following his move from Saint-Etienne in 2013.

Would he be a good signing for Arsenal?

He certainly would be, and would be an intelligent addition to their frontline.

The Gabon international loves to run in behind defenders and that is something that they don’t really have with Lacazette right now, with the Frenchman often preferring to drop deeper to get the ball.

While Arsene Wenger may not choose to play both of them together at first if he does sign Aubameyang, to have the option of doing that should excite him and the fans, and they have the potential to create a lethal partnership.

The 28-year-old’s pace and remarkable goalscoring record should mean that he is pretty much guaranteed to be a Premier League success, and he would be the name that the fans are looking for following the disappointment of Sanchez joining one of their top-four rivals.