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Wenger holding-up Arsenal’s big-money deal despite agreeing terms with 21-goal star

By on January 15, 2018

According to a report in the Express, Arsene Wenger is holding up Arsenal’s proposed £53m deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he remains unconvinced about the Borussia Dortmund strikers disciplinary record.

We’ve been strongly linked with Aubameyang over the past 48 hours with widespread reports suggesting we’re closing in on a big-money deal to sign the troublesome hitman.

Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague claimed yesterday that we are looking to pull-off a sensational £53m deal after identifying the Gabon international as the man to replace Alexis Sanchez.

The Express then cited quotes from German football expert Lee Price who claimed Arsenal have already agreed personal terms with Aubameyang’s camp over a contract that would make him the clubs highest ever earner.

So it looks like a deal is in the pipeline, however, the Express are now citing reports from the Telegraph that suggest Wenger is the man holding-up the proposed deal due to concerns over the strikers attitude.

The feeling is that new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, is pushing the deal as he was the man who signed Aubameyang for Dortmund in 2013 and he believes a deal can be done to bring him to north London.

However, the report says Wenger isn’t convinced due to the striker’s disciplinary problems and is reluctant to push forward with the deal as he mulls over other options.

It’s fair to say Aubameyang has a chequered history as he’s been involved in several disciplinary problems during his time at Dortmund and was once again axed from their squad yesterday after missing a team meeting.

Wenger, quite rightly, has reservations about signing a player who could disrupt the squad. We’re just about to get rid of one ‘trouble maker’ in Sanchez so it’s understandable Wenger is thinking twice about Aubameyang.

However, he might just be a risk worth taking as we desperately need to inject some quality in to the squad and Aubameyang is certainly a world class talent.

He’s already netted 21 goals in 23 appearances for Dortmund this season and scored 40 goals last season so despite his attitude problems, I’d still love to see him join Arsenal this month.

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One Comment

  1. Alf

    January 15, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    It is about time we drop the narrative of Alexis as a trouble maker. It fits nicely with the image Arsenal will want to portray, but lets have a think about how the dressing room scenario probably goes down:
    Virtually the whole team: I cannot believe we lost, how did that happen?
    Wenger: Do not worry lads, it was the refs fault, and when you fight relegation fodder they fight like big scary lions! grrrrr
    Ales: ha ha, Arsene you are funny. But seriously, Alex, why did you not follow my run, and Granit stop passing sideways backwards… I am in front of you, Lacca, you might try having a shot at goal?
    Wenger: Alexis, can we have a word outside?

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