Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is set to be announced as an Arsenal player any second now. The Gabonese international has agreed on lucrative personal terms with the Gunners whilst his parent club Borussia Dortmund have had their demands matched by Arsenal. A transfer fee around £55m ( some reports say £60m )mark has been agreed and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang could be on his way to London as we speak for his medical.
So, when could we be seeing the 28-year-old in an Arsenal shirt?
With time ticking, it’s unlikely that the 28-year-old will be able to make his Arsenal debut against Swansea tomorrow night as the time in which to register him has almost run out. Arsenal face Carlos Caravalhal’s Swansea City on Tuesday night in the English Premier League, this game will almost certainly feature Henrikh Mkhitaryan but will be too soon for Aubameyang. By the time the striker flies to England for his medical, a trip to Wales would leave him further jetlagged.
He also would have basically had no time to meet his new teammates or adjust to Arsenal’s style of play in training. It’s becoming increasingly likely that he’ll make his debut on Saturday against Big Sam’s Everton. That would give Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang the chance to be properly welcomed by the Arsenal faithful.
When he does start for the Gunners, it’s still unclear as to whether Arsène Wenger will play him in the striker position or out on the flanks. In 26 appearances this season, Alexandre Lacazette has only scored 9 goals. Compare that to Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s 20 in 23 appearances and there’s no doubt to where he should play. Up front.
He should be the focal point of the team’s attack, running onto through balls from the wizardry Mesut Özil. As a forward, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyag is a player that loves to play on the last shoulder of defenders, he also uses his movement to stretch opposing defences by running into the wide channels.He’s not really been one to come deep and connect with others, he prefers to play on the counter attack and make runs in behind. His electric pace scares defenders into stepping back from him trying to avoid being sped past.
However, seeing as Arsène Wenger is pretty set on having a narrow front three, he may shift the Gabonese international out onto the flanks with Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the other side. The boss may feel that an interchanging front three of Aubameyang, Lacazette & Mkhitaryan could be the best way to integrate the £57m-rated forward. Regardless, we won’t know Wenger’s thinking until the main man himself debuts on Saturday.
In conclusion, the Premier League will have to wait a few more days to see their biggest acquisition of the winter window.