Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Reportedly Makes Transfer Request Amid Arsenal Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2018

MARBELLA, SPAIN - JANUARY 08: Auba, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Dortmund gestures during the Friendly match between Borussia Dortmund and SV Zulte Waregem at Estadio Municipal de Marbella on January 08, 2018 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)
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Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reportedly handed in a transfer request in an attempt to push through a move to Arsenal

According to Bild (h/t John Cross and James Whaling of the Daily Mirror), the Gabon international has made it clear he wants to join the Gunners. Arsenal are said to be keen to add Aubameyang to replace the outgoing Alexis Sanchez.

Cross and Whaling noted Arsenal's head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, wants the striker to follow him from Dortmund to north London.

"Even though Aubameyang has a bad-boy reputation, Mislintat has provided glowing reports, and Dortmund are ready to sell," the report noted. "Dortmund want £60 million, Arsenal will not pay anywhere near that, but the deal is likely to drag on."

Journalist Guillem Balague provided further details and suggested Tuesday would be a crucial day in deciding whether the transfer would happen:

Arsenal are also said to be hopeful of landing Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of any deal that would take Sanchez to Manchester United.

Rory Smith of the New York Times commented on the apparent approach of Mislintat to strengthening the Arsenal squad:

Still, there aren't many Arsenal supporters who would be disappointed if a move for Aubameyang came off, as he's long been one of European football's most dangerous centre-forwards.

Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan have linked well in the past.
Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan have linked well in the past.OZAN KOSE/Getty Images

The striker would add an exhilarating new dimension to most teams in world football. As noted by Squawka Football, he's averaged a fraction under a goal a game in the Bundesliga:

While he's remained prolific this season with 13 goals in 15 appearances, there have been signs all is not well with Aubameyang at Dortmund.

As reported by Stefan Buczko of ESPN FC, he was dropped from the squad for Sunday's match with Wolfsburg due to disciplinary reasons. It's the second time this term he's missed a game due to his conduct off the field.

In relation to the Wolfsburg game, BVB head coach Peter Stoger confirmed Aubameyang had missed a pre-match meeting.

Still, the merits of this deal seem to outweigh the negatives, especially if Arsenal can land Mkhitaryan as well, per football writer James McNicholas:

If Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, whose contract is also expiring in the summer, were to leave the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal would have a huge challenge on their hands in terms of recruitment. With that in mind, landing a player as productive as Aubameyang would be a big coup.

It would be fascinating to see how he might line up alongside Alexandre Lacazette given Wenger has a preference for a solitary centre-forward. Even so, adding another dynamic attacking threat to the forward line can only benefit the Gunners.

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