Aubameyang’s Arsenal Arrival Lifts the Mood at the Emirates

Fans of Arsenal Football Club seems to be in a perpetual state of dissatisfaction and frustration, and a 3-1 loss to then bottom of the league Swansea City in late January would have done nothing to change that.

More defensive chaos and costly mistakes led to Arsenal suffering the humiliation against a Swansea side albeit in the midst of a quite astonishing revival.

How quickly the night on the South Coast of Wales has been forgotten with the news that Arsenal have smashed their transfer record by signing £60m Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (BVB)” (CC BY 2.0) by dirkvorderstrasse

The 28-year-old jetted into North London to put pen to paper on a deal with Arsenal. Yet to be allocated a shirt number by the club Aubameyang will have to wait and see what his options are with his number 17 shirt previously worn at Dortmund currently taken by Alex Iwobi. Since Theo Walcott’s move to Everton, the number 14 shirt has become available, which comes with all sorts of different pressures but also excitement.

Arsenal’s leading goal scorer Thierry Henry wore the number 14 shirt and if the mood at the club wasn’t  already feverishly bubbling with the signing of the talented Gabonese striker, it may well go into a frenzy should Aubameyang take the number 14 shirt. With good reason to, there is a justified feeling about the potential Aubameyang brings to the Gunners. Walking in Henry’s footsteps is a burden no one necessarily wants to carry as the constant comparisons drawn could potentially be exhausting.

Henry” (CC BY 2.0) by Kieran Clarke

Sooner or later, though, someone will have to put that famous shirt on and begin writing a new chapter, everything points to Aubameyang being the one to do that with all due respect to Theo Walcott’s time at Arsenal. In 24 starts for Borussia Dortmund in all competitions this season, the man from Gabon has scored 21 goals and provided three assists.

Aubameyang arrives at a time where Arsenal need a strong finish, 8 points off 4th position and in a slump in the league, their chances of missing out on Champions League football for a second consecutive season looks to be increasing by the fixture. There is still a chance of silverware with the Gunners through to the Carabao Cup final and 4/1 in football betting to win that against Manchester City. The season can be saved and fans will now look to their new signing from Dortmund to provide the spark.

It is worth noting that what Aubameyang brings won’t necessarily address Arsenal’s chronic problems at the back. Wenger’s men have never been short of attacking power and seldom go through a goal drought.

Goals seem to come from all over the park but similarly the same can be said for any team playing Arsenal. The introduction of Aubameyang to the club could instil a confidence in the team as well as return the feel-good factor to the goings-on at the Emirates. The highly rated Aubameyang won’t disappoint and will score many, many goals, that is guaranteed.


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