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What Next for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang?

Arsenal’s performances on the pitch have gone up a notch and out of nowhere, Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are eyeing a top-four finish in the Premier League. But this improvement in performances has been accompanied by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal’s former skipper losing his armband due to disciplinary issues off the field.

The 32-year-old Gabonese striker has left for Cameroon to participate in the African Cup of Nations, but has been out of Arsenal’s matchday squad consecutively for five games. Aubameyang has been training alone lately and this situation has brought about interest from various clubs across Europe. With the January transfer window now open, we take a look at possible destinations Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could land this month.

 

NEWCASTLE UNITED

There’s no doubting the money Newcastle United have now post the Saudi takeover. They are on the lookout for world-class talent who could help them avoid relegation this season. Aubameyang fits the bill as the Magpies would be willing to pay his high wages and the striker would guarantee them goals that could help them stay in the league.

Under Eddie Howe, Newcastle would be able to play the brand of football that could bring the best out of Aubameyang yet again. It’ll be interesting to see whether this pans out as the Geordies would love to see Aubameyang leading their forward line.

 

FC BARCELONA

Barcelona were shell-shocked when Sergio Aguero had to retire from football abruptly. Since then they have gone out and bought a forward in Ferran Torres but they still need an influx of players to improve the standards.

Aubameyang is a player who could play anywhere across the forward line and would be the perfect attacker for Barcelona’s coach Xavi who wants his forwards to press high up the pitch.

 

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Aubameyang has happy memories of his time in Germany with Borussia Dortmund. He is sort of a cult hero in that region with his 100 plus goals for the club so the fans would love a reunion soon.

Dortmund are also preparing to lose Erling Haaland in the summer and finding a replacement is imminent. Aubameyang might just be the guy to take over the goal-scoring duties from Haaland in front of the Black and Yellow Wall.

 

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

In the summer of 2020, before signing his new bumper contract with Arsenal, PSG were one of the clubs looking to land Aubameyang. With Kylian Mbappe’s future at PSG still in doubt, Aubameyang might just be on his way to the French giants to work out a possible move.

Mauro Icardi’s time at the club could also be up in the coming transfer windows, which could make Aubameyang all the more appealing to the PSG hierarchy in this window itself.

 

STAY AT ARSENAL

We’ve recently seen another London club quickly moving on and allowing the return of Romelu Lukaku to the squad. A similar situation could pan out at Arsenal as well with Aubameyang. Arteta has mentioned previously that stripping him off the captaincy was a difficult decision for him personally. We’ve seen in the past how some players have had a public fall out with Arteta and eventually come back in the matchday squad.

Most Gunners fans would be hoping for Aubameyang to come back and take a part in the rest of the season in the hope of Arsenal reaching the top four this season.

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