Will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave Arsenal in January?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been lampooned at times over the past six months or so. The Gabon international – who recently had the captaincy armband taken away from him over a disciplinary issue – has been a divisive figure in the Arsenal dressing room.

Although the Gunners have turned things around in the Premier League after a disastrous start to the season, Aubameyang has endured a marked decline in his goalscoring output. With just four goals to his name in the top flight this term, he hasn’t justified his £300,000-a-week contract.

And having fallen out of favour with Mikel Arteta, perhaps it could be time for pastures new for Aubameyang.

Time to cash in

Reports have been mounting that Aubameyang could leave the Emirates as soon as the January transfer window. And former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong thinks his former employers should probably cash in while they still have the chance.

He said: “Yeah, on the balance of play I think it would be good for Arsenal to cash in.

“Look at his age, he’s getting older, and we need a new striker that we can have for the next 5 years.

“He’s a great player but this is probably the best time to cash in. It will be difficult though, as he’s oh very good wages. It’s not going to be easy to get him out.”

Arsenal will listen to offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, sources have told ESPN.

Barcelona and Juventus could be interested ?

— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) December 22, 2021

Where to next?

Naturally, Aubameyang’s eye-watering contract may be a stumbling block for many clubs, although there have been suggestions that Juventus could try to strike a loan deal. AC Milan and Inter Milan have also been sounded as possible destinations.

Barcelona have also previously been mooted as a possible place for Aubameyang, although the Catalan giants’ rapid descent will hardly be appealing to a striker that was once one of the most feared strikers when he was at Borussia Dortmund.

What are the bookies saying?

The January transfer window always drums up feverish excitement, especially if it revolves around a possible big-money transfer. And Aubameyang could be an intriguing transfer story. Paddy Power have priced the 32-year-old at 7/2 to join Barca, and you can even get odds of 14/1 for him to join Paris Saint-Germain. However, the same bookie reckons there is a 2/5 chance he won’t leave the Gunners before February 2022.

Shock Jack Wilshere return?

With Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny poised to play in the Africa Cup of Nations next month, the Gunners may be light of bodies in the middle of the park.

And Frimpong has suggested a bit of a leftfield move – a deal for Jack Wilshere. When asked whether the Gunners should sign Wilshere, he said: “Why not? If it’s for a month to give him a chance to prove himself.

“Obviously, Jack is very close to Mikel, but it’s going to be a big ask for Jack as he’s not played all season.”