Finally Aubameyang is an Arsenal player with the deal being confirmed by Dortmund and Arsenal.
The next real question is, should Arsenal allow Giroud to leave for Chelsea? It seems the French target man, top scorer for Arsenal in two of the last five seasons, is on his way to Stamford Bridge for around £18m.
Although it does seem an obvious upgrade to basically swap Walcott and Giroud for Lacazette and Aubameyang, Arsenal’s poor campaign has had a real impact on Lacazette’s confidence and form and Aubameyang is not eligible for the Europa League, it seems a really odd move to let Giroud move on.
Giroud, who has over 100 goals for Arsenal, would also massively improve Chelsea’s front line, a Chelsea team 8 points clears of Arsenal. Chelsea have been desperate to add depth to their forward line, so to gift them such an incredible option whilst weakening themselves, plus for a fraction of his value, does seem bizarre move.
That said, there is a hope this is all some plan to avenge the time Chelsea promised to loan Arsenal Demba Ba, only to pull out in the last moment. With Aubameyang confirmed, surely Arsenal could do the same now?
Giroud is without a doubt the best plan b in the league, and add to the fact he actually was thrown on to try and save the game against Swansea shows he is still needed. There is no way the player you sub on to rescue a game can be allowed to be sold to a side 8 points clear of you, especially when it is for only £18m.
The only way Giroud going can be tolerated is if Arsenal have another incoming up their sleeve to improve the defence or midfeld, otherwise this is another case of one step forward only to take two steps back.
With a whole day left of deadline day, there are bound to many more developments.