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Arsenal could lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Real Madrid reportedly keen on signing the Gabon international when the transfer window reopens in January.
As if Arsenal’s season hasn’t been bad enough, news of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being ready to leave the club has plunged their campaign to a new low. If Real Madrid come calling, as they’ve been tipped to do, the Gunners have no chance of keeping him.
Arsenal have given Aubameyang everything he’s wanted ever since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund back in January 2018.
They took a punt on signing the Gabon international when the rest of Europe’s elite dropped out of the running amid fears over his attitude, which Dortmund had done their best to claim was far from exceptional.
And Aubameyang has been Arsenal’s only shining light in the post-Arsene Wenger world. Under Unai Emery, he was the only player who improved.
But, now, the prospect of losing him appears real.
Real Madrid reportedly want him and, when that happens, it usually ends one way. Even clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham have found themselves losing Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale to the Spanish titans over the years.
Aubameyang has certainly never hid his desire to play for Los Blancos.
He said in 2016, when he was still at Dortmund, he said about a possible transfer: “It’s a promise I made to my grandfather.”
And, if Arsenal do end up losing their talisman, then Jamie Vardy should be his replacement.
Is there a more underrated player in Premier League history than the former England international? Perhaps not.
Vardy doesn’t have the same marketing appeal as Aubameyang, or Marcus Rashford at United, or Harry Kane at Tottenham.
But, ever since Leicester returned to the Premier League in 2013, he’s proven himself to be capable of matching the best players in the Premier League.
Wenger knew that during his time at Arsenal.
He wanted to bring Vardy to the Emirates in 2016 after he’d propelled Leicester to the most unlikeliest of Premier League title triumphs.
But, on that occasion, the striker said no. He was worried about game time and decided that the King Power Stadium was a good enough place to play his football.
Yet Arsenal, certainly, should try and make him their replacement.
Vardy is maturing like a fine wine, with his goal against Burnley at the weekend his eighth in as many matches. The recored for most-consecutive goals also belongs to the Leicester star.
The 32-year-old has scored 16 goals from 16 league matches so far this season, registering three assists along the way.
That’s more than Aubameyang and Arsenal team-mate Alexandre Lacazette have managed put together.
It’s also more than Rashford, Abraham, Sadio Mane, Sergiop Aguero, Kane, Danny Ings and Mohamed Salah.
And that’s why he should be the obvious replacement for Aubameyang. He carries a greater goal threat than the Arsenal star and would offer them ruthlessness, tenacity and guaranteed goals up top.