Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been in the transfer headlines quite a lot recently. Normally he is making headlines for scoring goals, but this time he is being linked with a move away from his current club.
What are the Odds of Aubameyang Leaving Arsenal?
The Player’s Situation
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is coming off of an excellent first full season in the Premier League. He jointly won the Golden Boot, along with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, by netting 22 goals.
His fine form held in the Europa League, where he helped Arsenal to the final by finding the back of the net on eight occasions. Just why would such a player want to leave his current club?
Firstly, his form must be considered. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has proven that he is one of the best strikers in the world by replicating his free-scoring Borussia Dortmund days. Such a player would not only want but likely feel he deserves, to play in the Champions League.
Secondly, the club must be considered. While Arsenal are in no real danger of falling out of a top-six place in the Premier League, they have begun to look a club on the wane. Many of the issues left over by Arsene Wenger have yet to be solved, they are on a relatively tight budget and have suffered some really poor results throughout this past season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, or any top player, would want to play on the biggest stage, even if they love the club for which they play. Eden Hazard’s decision to go to Real Madrid is one such example. While the Belgian likely has no hard feelings toward Chelsea, he couldn’t resist the temptation of such a big club any longer.
Aubameyang certainly seems to love Arsenal, but could he be tempted?
What Are the Odds?
There are relatively few clubs who could lure the striker from north London. Due to their spending spree this summer, Real Madrid are one possible destination with SkyBet giving 20/1 odds for the Galacticos to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, they are only the bookies’ third-favourites to sign the striker. Skybet are also offering 6/1 odds that any Chinese club will sign Aubameyang. Gooners will not like the name of the odds-maker’s favourites, though.
Because they wish to offload striker Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United are the favourites to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Skybet offering 13/8 odds for the transfer to happen. If you do fancy a wager, however, be prudent as Arsenal may not wish to sell. One could consider a no deposit offer, for example a free bet no deposit offer on thebookiesoffers.co.uk, while deciding on which of these odds to place their bets. For those interested in placing a bet on a match this summer, Bet365 is offering 1.5/1 odds of Nigeria beating Cameroon in the African Cup of Nations round of 16. Meanwhile, William Hill is currently offering 2.8/1 odds of hosts Egypt winning the tournament on their home soil.
The Club’s Situation
The reason being that Arsenal are not motivated sellers. Raul Sanllehi has expressed his desire to decide on the future of a player when they have two years on their contract, as Aubameyang does.
While this may sound like a transfer is possible, the club will be wary of losing their most valuable asset. Aubameyang’s goals would be very difficult to replace, especially for a club whose third-highest scorer in the league (Henrikh Mkhitaryan) only found the back of the net on six occasions.
Perhaps Arsenal will opt for keeping the player, even if they cannot extend his contract. Beyond the production problems a transfer would pose, there are also the financial problems.
Replacing a 20 goal per season striker would cost a great sum of money, something the club simply does not have and would, therefore, have to reinvest the transfer fee from Aubameyang back into the market.
The other alternative would be to buy a few strikers and hope that all of them together would replace the goals the club would lose. Either would be an expensive proposition.
Don’t forget that this is also a squad that needs work in other areas. Adding to the needs in a summer where funds are limited would necessitate leaving other areas unattended until a subsequent transfer window.
Simply put, Arsenal will do almost anything to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the club for one more summer at least.