With Skysports reporting that Aubameyang has arrived at Arsenal’s training ground in London Colney, it seems the deal is almost over the line. What remains to be seen is the conditions of the deal, that is, is Giroud staying or going to get this done?
And aside the medicals, Arsenal Spanish editor Martín Eliceche is reporting the videos and photoshots are being taken at as just one hour ago. This means the medical is successful already.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”es” dir=”ltr”>Bueno, esto escaló rápido. Debería aclarar que no soy Gazidis (?) y lo que digo es según mis conclusiones, pero bueno. <a href=”https://t.co/9eEbN4AJpc”>pic.twitter.com/9eEbN4AJpc</a></p>— Martín Eliceche (@MartinEliceche) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MartinEliceche/status/958352335314571265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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While reliable source Skysports and Martín Eliceche are accurately reporting the arrival of Aubameyang to London, which makes sense to have him ready for when the deal is rubber stamped, what we don’t know is if Giroud is leaving or staying.
To add another layer of intrigue over this transfer saga, is Chelsea going to use Arsenal’s need for a Centre Back to get this done?
It has been rumoured that Arsenal are interested in David Luiz, who of course is desperate for playing time ahead of the World Cup. Luiz can also fill in as a Defensive Midfielder, so after a high-profile swap deal with Manchester United already in the bag this window, is Arsenal about to carry out another high-profile loan swap with Chelsea? On paper, this could work out well for all parties, Chelsea get the target man that they are after, Arsenal get an experienced Centre Back and cover for Defensive Midfield, with the opportunity to resolve their issues in the summer.
With the chase for top 4 really heating up, Arsenal ending the transfer window with a happier dressing room now the Alexis drama has been resolved, a motivated Mkhitaryan looking to prove his worth and a David Luiz desperate to secure a place in the Brazil team, this could end up surprisingly into a positive window for Arsenal.
As for Aubameyang, Arsenal may have finally got the Henry replacement the fans have craved for years. The Gabonese hotshot fired in 22 goals in 28 games last season and will offer scintillating pace, dribbling ability, skills and precise finishing in the box.
Also, what is really exciting is the opportunity of Aubameyang partnering up with his former Dortmund partner Mkhitaryan. If they can rekindle their partnership, and then you add Ozil and Lacazette to the mix, Wengerball may be returning to the Emirates.
However things end up, it will be a lot more entertaining than the football that has been churned out this season.