The importance of Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the club can’t be highlighted enough as he has been the major source of goals over the last two seasons. Despite his importance to Arsenal, the Gabonese international could leave this summer as he has just one year to run on his current deal.
Arsenal skipper Aubameyang signed a three-and-a-half-year deal when he signed for the North London giants in January 2018 and that contract has just 12 months to go meaning that the club will have to sell him to recoup some of their transfer fees or risk losing the player for free next summer. The Gunners paid a then club-record fee of £57m to sign him.
In his first full season (2018/19) at Arsenal, Aubameyang scored 31 goals in all competitions in the red and white colours of the club including 22 goals in the Premier League thus making him the joint Golden Boot recipient alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, both from Liverpool. He continues to score goals regularly for Arsenal as demonstrated by his numbers this season before its suspension because of COVID19.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 17 league goals and only Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has more goals in the Premier League. His importance to Arsenal has been highlighted but let’s examine why the club don’t have to replace him if he leaves this summer with money in short supply at the moment:
1. Raw/Hungry Strikers – The young striking duo of Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah have thrived under Mikel Arteta this season. Both have shown that they have the quality to carry the heavy attacking burden at the club and both might need to step up if Aubameyang leaves this summer.
2. Experienced Hands – The experienced forward duo of Alexandre Lacazette and Nicholas Pepe can make up for the goals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if the Gabonese leaves later this year.