In Focus: Aubameyang unlikely to get his wish of Ousmane Dembele joining Arsenal

According to the reliable Twitter account @ThePlugAFC, Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants Barcelona attacker and former teammate Ousmane Dembele to join him at the Emirates Stadium next season.

What’s the word, then?

Well, @ThePlugAFC took to Twitter to give more information on the club’s summer transfer plans, and claimed that the Gunners new boy wants the club to bring the talented Frenchman to north London over the summer.

The 20-year-old only joined the Catalan giants from Borussia Dortmund back in August, but his time with the La Liga leaders has been hampered by injury and he has only made eight appearances in all competitions.

The attacker scored 10 times and provided a further 22 assists in 50 matches for Dortmund previously, earning him a big-money move to the Camp Nou last year.

How has Dembele done this season?

As we mentioned previously he has barely featured after suffering a hamstring injury in September that ruled him out for four months, and he then picked up another problem against Real Sociedad last month that has left him on the sidelines, meaning he is still yet to find the net for Barcelona.

Would he be a good signing for Arsenal?

The wide forward would provide the Gunners with some much-needed pace, dribbling ability, skill and a goal threat from the wing, while his versatility means that he is able to play anywhere across the front three.

Aubameyang obviously believes that he could be a great success in the Premier League and help the north London outfit potentially become title contenders again, and in that regard he should certainly be on Arsenal’s shortlist of attacking signings.

Could they get him?

Almost certainly not, no.

Considering Barcelona signed him for €105m (£93m), with a potential further €40m in add-ons to follow, just six months ago, it would be difficult to see them letting him go at the end of this season whether he has plagued by injury or not.

The La Liga side’s official website also says the player has a buy-out clause of €400m (£354m) and Arsenal would be relying on the Catalan outfit needing to sell him for a significantly lower fee after the purchase of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool to ensure they stay within FFP regulations.