Arsenal: 3 Possible Replacement For Aubameyang.


LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal FC during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at Emirates Stadium on February 23, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might be on his way out of Arsenal this summer. If so, here are three replacements that the Gunners should pursue.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is nearing the final year of his contract. Arsenal have repeatedly said they want to keep their star striker, but if they cannot thrash out a new deal with the Gabonian, he will likely be on his way out of the door. There is a growing number of suitors for his services, including Barcelona and now Chelsea, and if Aubameyang sees his future elsewhere, the Gunners will be helpless to let him walk.
In such an eventuality, they would have to replace him. So, here are three potential replacements that Arsenal should consider in the event that Aubameyang departs.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on January 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
3. Roll with the youth

Turning 31 in the summer and with one year remaining on his contract, is difficult to know quite what the market for Aubameyang will be, but given his goalscoring rate over a sensational period, it is reasonable to believe that Arsenal could get close to £50 million in a permanent sale. That is not an insignificant amount.
Arsenal have several holes throughout the squad, especially regarding elite centre-backs and central midfielders. That £50 million could go a long way to securing a player to solve those positions, particularly if the club is dealing with the financial restrictions of no Champions League for the fourth-successive season. As such, selling Aubameyang and rolling with the youth is no bad option.

And in Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, the Gunners have two of the brightest young attacking prospects in world football. Both 18, Martinelli is the second-top goalscorer for the club, while Saka is the highest assist maker. They have both been lauded for their performances, have shown capability far beyond their years, and are pushing accomplished veterans hard for a starting role. Maybe, then, it is time to roll with the youth.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 05: David Neres of Ajax during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and AFC Ajax at Stamford Bridge on November 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)
2. David Neres
In a search for an Aubameyang replacement, Arsenal should be looking for three broad characteristics: youth, the ability to score, and a positional flexibility that is more akin to a natural winger than crowbarred-in centre-forward. Ajax’s David’s Neres fits all of these categories, and then some.
The Brazilian turned 23 earlier in March. He can play across the front line — on either wing or in behind the striker. He is quick, athletic, a terrific dribbler, and, most importantly, proven to be very productive indeed.
This season, he has only played 635 Erediviese minutes thanks to a knee injury. He has six goals and one assist in that period, which is sensational production. He has been productive over several seasons, as well. He totalled eight goals and 11 assists in 1,883 league minutes last year and a phenomenal 14 goals and 13 assists in 2,534 minutes the year before.
There are questions regarding the step up in quality from Dutch to English football. Plenty of players have excelled against the loose defending of the Dutch league, only to then flounder in a more competitive division. But Neres’ numbers are superb, he more than passes the eye test when watching him play, especially with the ball at his feet, and he is young and available.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Diogo Jota of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring his first goal during the UEFA Europa League group K match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Besiktas at Molineux on December 12, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
1. Diogo Jota
Like David Neres, Diogo Jota satisfies the three broad characteristics that Arsenal should be looking for in any Aubameyang replacement. He is 23 years of age, which is the perfect time to invest in a player, he is a winger who can play all across the attack and has even performed excellently in a pair, and he has been very productive.
This season, Jota has played 1773 minutes in the Premier League. He has six goals and one assist. He has played 329 minutes in the Europa League and remarkably has another six goals to his name. Last season, Jota scored nine goals with five assists 2,369 Premier League minutes. He also scored three and added five assists in 389 Europa League minutes.
He is frighteningly quick, an able, direct dribbler who commits defenders and then skips by them with blistering acceleration, and, unlike Neres, he is proven in the Premier League, relishing the physical, aggressive style of play which opens up spaces in behind defences that he can exploit.
It is very difficult to think of a reason why Jota would not be the ideal successor for Aubameyang. And for the right price, he might just be able to be prised away from Wolves.

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