As the Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang saga continues to rumble on, time is ticking and to be honest, Arsenal are running out of options. Borussia Dortmund are reportedly holding out for a deal worth £57million for the Gabonese striker, a figure we seem reluctant to match. The North London club have already had two bids rejected for the star striker.
Truth to be told, if Arsenal don’t secure the services of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, it’s not the end of the world. There are other options out there, cheaper ones might I add, who could also improve the Gunners attacking threat. Options like Cristian Pavón…
Dubbed as the new Alexis Sánchez, Cristian Pavón is the young South American attracting a global audience. This season, the 22-year-old’s stock has risen to new heights as almost every top European club has him on their radar. In 12 Primera Division appearances,the Argentinean has scored 3 goals, provided 5 assists and successfully completed 2.3 take-ons per game. Stats via whoscored.
Cristian Pavón is a highly skilled player that prides himself in his versatility. He has the creative ability to be effective on both flanks and can also be influential through the middle behind the striker. The 22-year-old excels at dribbling out of tight spaces, holding up play for others and executing long shots. His speed, agility and football intelligence suggest he doesn’t have much to work on, but if pushed, it could be said that he could work on his decision-making.
Cristian Pavón may not be the seasoned forward that Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is, but he presents Arsenal with an exciting package filled with potential & star quality. He could be just as effective as Aubameyang from both wings and act as a huge help to the struggling Alexandre Lacazette.
The Boca Juniors winger has a £33milllion release clause in his contract, making him a much more economically viable option to Arsène Wenger. So, if Arsenal are truly looking to sign a forward AND sign Jonny Evans, then £33m on Cristian Pavón may prove to be a wiser option than £57m on Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. Of course, Aubameyang is the more seasoned choice, but he shouldn’t be the end all of Arsenal’s transfer plans this winter.
For the youngster himself, he must consider whether a move to Arsenal would be right especially with the upcoming World Cup in the summer. He needs the game time and all the exposure he can get, not to be in a team that’s still finding its own attacking identity.
At the Emirates, Cristian Pavón would probably be deployed on the left, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan occupies the right-hand side. This would give the Gunners optimal width at all times, allowing Pavón to be supplied by the magical Mesut Özil. Such a setup would give the Arsenal boss the Wengerball he’s been craving since 2010.