Arsenal fans looked on with baited breath, as the Bundesliga team sheets broke in the early afternoon, and the inclusion of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Borussia Dortmund starting line-up, will have caused many to fear the worst. However, the actions both observed in the stands and on the pitch have seemingly given the transfer saga a sense of inevitability.
The Gabon international, BVB’s top goal-scorer last season, received a frosty reception from the home faithful, and a banner stating; “No player is bigger than our club” was unfurled across the famous ‘yellow wall’. Dortmund fans obviously want him go which is a big boost for Arsenal. These events came just a day after the player himself posted a cryptic Instagram post, proposing the question; “Hate me or love me”, followed by equally enigmaticemoji’s. And while the nature of the post is still unclear, the opinions of the Dortmund fans is very much definitive; they hate him!
There appears to have developed a truly unique dynamic surrounding the transfer. Both the fans of the player’s current club and proposed club are willing the deal through, and each respective board have publicly spoken about the deal. Yet with all parties working towards a common goal, any arrangement feels a while away yet. Arsenal fans are no strangers to being left in limbo surrounding incoming players, but the importance of this deal cannot be understated.
Say Arsenal decide to quarrel over the price, and Aubameyang stays for at least another six months, the effects could be disastrous. In terms of trying to get the player in the summer, forget it! Liverpool will be in the market for a No. 9, and Jürgen Klopp has worked with him in the past. What about Man City? They’ve had bids rejected in the last few years, and with Aguero rumoured to maybe be on his way, could make a move yet again. Finally, the player himself has spoken about his admiration of Real Madrid, and with front-men Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo out of form, a void could become available.
Yet even before this, it could derail the current campaign. The effects the speedster would have on the pitch are obvious, yet should the hierarchy fail to bring him in, it could further alienate and aggravate an already divided and angry fan base. As we speak a date at Wembley in the diary and a converted Champions League spot within touching distance, means that the significance of the remaining four months can’t be downplayed, and for the sake of a reported £10million, the board need to make the smart choice.