Why Madrid’s £70m plus James offer for Aubameyang would do Arsenal no good
Aubameyang, who arrived at Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, was one of the last high profile signings by former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
The 30-year old has been clinical in front of goal for Arsenal since then, scoring 53 goals from 82 appearances across all competitions.
Aubameyang was also the league’s joint top-scorer last season with 22 goals, alongside Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Meanwhile, Aubameyang’s Arsenal have endured a difficult start to the season, as they remain winless in their last six league games and have been pushed to eighth in the table.
The Gunners’ poor displays this season led to the ouster of Spanish manager Unai Emery after just 18 months since his takeover.
However, none of this seems to have had an effect on the Gabonese international as he continues his goal-scoring exploits from last season.
He has 10 to his name already this season from 14 league games and shares the second spot alongside Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham in the list of top-scorers.
The in-form Aubameyang is their leading goal scorer in the league and has scored half of the 20 goals scored by Arsenal this season.
With rest of the Gunners’ attackers looking completely out of sorts, skipper Aubameyang has been their saviour for most of the season and continues to lead from the front, as always.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane wants to bolster his attacking options up front and has his eyes set on the Arsenal man, according to El Desmarque (h/t Sky Sports).
With summer signing Luka Jovic not in the best of forms and Hazard yet to hit top gear, Zidane moving in on the ever consistent Aubameyang does not come off as a surprise.
In his pursuit to land the Gabonese striker, Zidane and the Madrid board are ready to offload out of form midfielder James Rodriguez in a player plus cash deal.
Rodriguez, who moved to Madrid after his eye-catching displays for Colombia in the 2014 Brazil World Cup, has, however, failed to live up to the expectation.
A string of consistent injuries and bad form has restricted the attacking midfielder from earning a starting place in the squad since his arrival in 2014.
The attacking midfielder has made nine appearances for Madrid this season and has scored just one goal.
Luck seems to not favour the Colombian, as he is once again out of the squad due to a medial collateral ligament injury. To date, the 28-year old has 37 goals and 41 assists from 120 appearances for the Spanish side.
Meanwhile, in an attempt to revive Rodriguez’s career, Real offered him on loan to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2017.
However, the Colombian once again failed to establish a name for himself even after spending two seasons with the German giants before making his way back to Spain this summer.
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He endured a difficult spell at Munich, marred by injuries and inconsistent form. The creative midfielder managed to score 15 goals and provide 20 assists during his stint with the Bavarian outfit.
Hence, it would be foolish of Arsenal to let go of their talismanic striker for someone as inconsistent as Rodriguez. Moreover, Rodriguez’s career has been hindered by injuries for some time now, forcing him off action most of the time.
With so many attacking woes at hand already, Gunners leaving main man Aubameyang for James would be wastage of resources and surplus to requirements.