Anxiety, anguish, eventual jubilation. The emotions of Arsenal fans have been toyed with like guitar strings, but after an emotionally turbulent window, Aubameyang is to grace the historic red and white jersey. The divisive Gabon international being impactful upon this Gunner’s team is an inevitability, whether the Arsenal faithful can elicit patience may well be a different story.
At 28 years old, the electric forward is well into the peak years of his career, slicing Bundesliga defences like a knife through butter consistently over the last few seasons. The club record signing has netted 69 league goals since the start of the 2015/16 season, a tally bettered by only 5 players globally, with his clinical nature reinforced by an exceptional 23.7% conversion rate. This season has been no different for the Gabon international, being the second highest scorer in the Bundesliga (only to the bane of Arsenal’s champions league existence in Robert Lewandowski.)
The Gabon international is virtually unparalleled in his ruthless nature.
Arsenal’s capacity to capitalise on clear cut chances has been borderline shambolic this season, missing 40 clear cut chances, a figure only beaten by the chance-creating machine of Manchester City (48). Considering Aubameyang has converted the most clear-cut chances in the Bundesliga this season (12), the mesmeric football the Gunners carefully weave may well have an end product to it. The clinical nature of the Gabon international has been a key focus of Arsene Wenger for several years, with murmurings in near-on every transfer window regarding a potential swoop for the ruthless forward.
The disciplinary record of the club record signing is a weapon by which will inevitably be used to jab the 28 year old with, so it is seemingly a necessity that any worry amongst the Arsenal faithful is dispelled. Similar to Özil’s treatment at the beginning of his Arsenal adventure, Aubameyang has found himself ridiculed and scapegoated by the German media. Such an ambush went to such extremities that German outlet BILD regarded the Gabon internationals activities as being reflective of a ‘monkey circus’, a statement by which infuriated Aubameyang’s agent (who is also is father), for its racially insensitive nature. German outlets have made a conscious effort to ambush the former Dortmund man, targeting “persistent lateness”, as well as what is perceived to be radical disobedience of club orders as providing such a basis.
Aubameyang has had his back against the wall during his time at Dortmund
This is not to say the Gabonese man is perfect, it is true that lateness as well as various antics have plagued his Dortmund career. However, when push has come to shove, he has delivered. Having found the back of the net 141 times in the coveted yellow Dortmund jersey, any off the field antics have not been detrimental to his performance. The 28 year old seemingly has a desire to play for the Gunner’s, with the pull of ‘Le Professeur’ said to have played a vital role in convincing the world class player that the Emirates is the place to further his career. The Arsenal media team inadvertently compounded pressure upon negotiations having leaked newly signed Armenian international Henrick Mkhitaryan saying ‘Yo Pierre, you wanna come out here’, but perhaps, this was a blessing in disguise, the necessary push the Gazidis and co. needed.
Whether Aubameyang trail-blazes upon arrival, or requires a transition period, the fact will remain that Arsene Wenger has acquired a world class forward. In the Gabonese man, the Arsenal faithful have a scintillating forward, who desires to don the famous Arsenal colours. So, what’s left to say? Yo Pierre, you wanna drive us to titles?