According to a report in The Times (£), two Chinese clubs are targetting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.

Both Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG are apparently interested in the club’s top scorer, with our lack of Champions League football and a need to generate funds via the market an ecouragement to their hopes of securing a deal.

Of course the issue is whether or not the player himself would be open to a move there, but he seemed willing to make the jump before he joined Arsenal in January 2018.

It was widely reported that ​Guangzhou Evergrande had agreed a £60m fee with Borussia Dortmund for his services, but ultimately the Gabon international switched to North London and has become an integral part of the team since.

Aubameyang will be 30 shortly, but until such time he remains 29, and if the right offer came in you could see why Arsenal might be tempted to cash in and reinvest.

However, it would put a huge dent in the squad, and Auba’s popularity within the dressing room and around the club is also a consideration for the hierarchy should any bid be forthcoming.

It all sounds quite spurious to us, so we’re giving this one a sloppy 9 on the Poo-o-Meter.

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Akkimaniac7

“Spur”ious. Well played.

Akkimaniac7

Although, spurious deserves to be no.10 on the poometer

henry
henry

The poo-o-meter is based on the accuracy of the news or what we prefer?

Goonerrific
Goonerrific

The likelihood that the report as actually complete shit.

Mpls
Mpls

Times being what they are, isn’t that about the same thing?
Haha. Ha.
ha.

Mpls
Mpls

*Response to henry above..

myrtle
myrtle

Spuds denying that incredible young Ajax team the CL final has to be one of the greatest sporting injustices in modern times. What would have been a classic turned into a 85 minute joke. I can’t name a convincing performance they put in in the whole tournament. Wankers.

Richie

If he leaves, we would just have to take it on the Chin-a.

Mpls
Mpls

I’m sure the size of the trucks of cash would make him feel forEvergrande.

(Or his agent anyway.)

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

If the mega rich club offers $2 billion USD which Kroenke guarantees will all go towards squad rebuilding, I will do it.

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

For 100million, let Auba go. We still have Laca and can reinvest into 4 promising young star, just like the old days when we buy Cesc, Nasri, v Persie, et al. Look at what Coutinho money to Liverpool.

Santorini
Santorini

Emphasis on the “if”

Dubai Ham
Dubai Ham

I can see him leaving this summer. It makes sense to sell him and reinvest because Stan won’t be spending his own money on our squad. I hope he joins a Barcelona or a Man City he deserves to win some trophies.

Frank
Frank

There is no way this isn’t a troll

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

90m or no sale. (How many years has he got on his contract?)

Olatunji Ogunbiyi
Olatunji Ogunbiyi

2 years I think, which puts him in what I call then “Vinai Zone”…

GraeB
GraeB

If he goes, does that make Laca move more likely? Can we do a Liverpuddle and use the, say, £140m effectively? Are fans prepared to wait 2/3 years for that?

Or would it cast us into mid-table with no hope of goals scored to offset defensive frailties whilst KSE rake in the profits?

Maul Person
Maul Person

I can’t see us moving on BOTH of our strikers. It’s either one or (preferably) none.

Floppy Gloves
Floppy Gloves

I imagine it would be tough to reinvest properly without a Technical Director actually working from the club offices. But random shots in the dark we can do. Roll them dice!

Mpls
Mpls

I’m guessing scenario B.
I feel confident in that educated guess.

Snagger
Snagger

Thanks for your interest but not today thank you. On the other hand can we interest you in something else from our range we have a list of others that might take your eye. Mustafi, Ozil Mkyitharian, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Iwobi, all for a reasonable price and a number of others you could pick up for peanuts.

Assshavin
Assshavin

Dont be mean to Iwobi. Seems like he was the only that cared, in what was the most important game of the season.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Yeah I wouldn’t look to sell Iwobi yet either, though he might benefit from a change in position.

The_Kolkata_Gooner
The_Kolkata_Gooner

And that petulant Mkhi wasn’t even there!

Mesut O’Neill
Mesut O’Neill

Torreira was crying his eyes out, I think that shows he cares!!

Snagger
Snagger

Not being mean just realistic, not good enough to be a starter a squad player at best. One goal doesn’t make up for a generally poor season. Started OK but went back to bad decision making with the ball and general sloppy play. If we can get a few quid for him it will be all profit less the wage he’s been paid.

Earl
Earl

He’s a lot closer to 30 and that’s a fact!

Maul Person
Maul Person

But until then he’s 29…

Mpls
Mpls

But when the clock says 29:01 it’s the 30th minute.

Lari03
Lari03

Well, I guess I’d go if I were in his shoes. An increase of £100k brings his salary close to slightly less than $500k a week. That is some crazy money.

Mpls
Mpls

?
He’s not on 400k a week.

adam
adam

At what prize should we start considering it? I would say at 60-70 mio pound.

Its me
Its me

A cuddly toy perhaps adam?

Arse City Blues
Arse City Blues

2 Mustafis? Nowhere near enough.

Arse City Blues
Arse City Blues

Please don’t sell him or laca!! Please!

Any money right now must seem tempting, but to split up the only real positive of this season seems crazy to me. We wouldn’t be able to replace anywhere near the output these guys give us with the money.

Maybe I would have been more confident that we could do that if we had, you know, a head of recruitment or something.

GunnAlex
GunnAlex

I’d let him go for silly money. But then again, I don’t trust this new regime to allow it to be spent. More than likely we’d see it gobbled up in new ‘advisory services’.

Goonerrific
Goonerrific

You’ve nailed it mate, I think we’d all be ok with a sale if we had confidence that the money was effectively reinvested – however….

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

You mean like the way £55m was used on buying a striker 18 months ago?

Hantal
Hantal

100 million ish would be acceptable

C.B.
C.B.

98+% of transfer rumours don’t happen. So most are a waste of time to follow including, I suspect, this one.

Best to take a rest over the summer, recharge our batteries and come back once we actually know what’s happened.

Nketibag
Nketibag

c.b.a

Mpls
Mpls

What are you smoking? I’ve been wasting my time since last August with all this football nonsense waiting for the important stuff to get here!

jon

Arsenal’s squad is currently unbalanced, very strong in attack and very weak in defence. The midfield is so-so. Arsenal have three attacking superstars who rarely get any service. Hence, how much it does hurt, if the owners are unwilling (or unable) to cough up, I would actually be willing to part with one of our attacking stars. In Eddie (and maybe Danny) we have backup in attack. In defence, we have nothing to back up.

Maul Person
Maul Person

Danny’s gone, mate.

jon

Welbeck is still listed among our first team players on Arsenal.com. I cannot find any information linking him to a new club or retirement. As we speak, I guess he is still an Arsenal player.

Maul Person
Maul Person

I guess that means that Cech and Ramsey are staying too, seeing as they’re still on the team list on the website?

But here’s just one article confirming he’s leaving (if the farewell ceremony at the Emirates wasn’t enough)…

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11670/11712733/danny-welbeck-to-leave-arsenal-on-free-transfer-unai-emery-confirms

jon

Well, admittedly, a farewell ceremony counts as strong circumstantial evidence.

Maul Person
Maul Person

You’d think, right?!

Mc1892
Mc1892

His contract expired. We’d have heard now if he was staying, I believe.

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair

Sorry, I’m struggling to think who the 3rd attacking star is…?

Seb
Seb

Sell Ozil instead

Moxrex
Moxrex

I think any offer above £80m should be taken, but only if that is reinvested into the squad. Problem is our strike force was covering alot of holes that need to be filled with proper acquisitions it is no more Wenger era when we would sell top players and still make it to the Champions League. Now we need to purchase proper replacements and need to fill these holes which don’t allow us to reach our potential.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Moving him on now would make sense. If we could get a big fee for a 30-year-old and then reinvest it in the squad then it could be a nice piece of business. We need a couple of quality defenders and Stan isn’t going to pay for them.

And if I was Auba I would go: this is his last big move. One last lucrative contract in China would be a smart way to finish your career. Besides: Arsenal are going nowhere under Stan.

Espen
Espen

If he goes, Laca will not stay long.

Geefive
Geefive

One Huuuundred Meeeeeeeeelllliiioooonn Dollllllhaaaaiiirrrssss…….

Santori
Santori

Too many people living in dream land.

They want this and that player sold and they want to fill 6 or 7 positions.

We have a “LIMITED” budget bc of lack of CL.

It is an IF that we can sell on Ozil (or Mhkitaryan) to generate money. We can barely even sell Elneny and Jenkinson.

Mustafi or Chambers may be sold but likely one will have to be kept even with a new Cback + Sokratis + Holding (and Monreal)

We are likely NOT going to get a Rback.

AMN has done decent for a first season. It IS his NATURAL position. He will continue to develop behind Bellerin.

We will also likely NOT get a LBack (unless there is a very good /free deal). Monreal more likely to be extended a season to cover Kolasinac.

Priorities – Cback, CM/AM, Wing (Regardless of Nelson)

We have a finite budget, too many holes to plug, difficult players to sell (who would buy them ask yourself) and yet to put a technical director in place.

Good luck.

Ad-O
Ad-O

We could just about pull that off by adding 60M from an Auba sale with our mooted 40M “warchest”. We’d have to roll the dice and hit 3 times. But if we dont sell Auba, we have zero chance of signing 3 decent players, the squad will stagnated further, our saleable assets will be depreciated, and we’ll be in the same position with less options.
For my money, we have to sell him. We all wanted to see Arsenal be more ruthless in the transfer market and this is what it looks like. I’m sure Liverpool hated selling Suarez and Coutinho at the time, but I’m sure they couldn’t care less right now.

Kaleja
Kaleja

If we can get the maximum fee it will be great.

Ad-o
Ad-o

I think Chinese clubs are banned from paying big transfer fees these days. Is’nt that why Sergio Ramos asked if he could get out of Madrid on a free?