Manchester United may need to sign a replacement striker if Romelu Lukaku’s rumored move to Inter Milan materializes, making Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a potential transfer target for the Red Devils.
However, Arsenal coach, Unai Emery has poured cold water on any such hypothesis, after stating that their prized Gabonese forward is not on the market.
With a transfer budget of just around £45million, and a keen interest in signing Wilfred Zaha who is valued at around £70million by Crystal Palace, it was believed that Arsenal might sell one of their highly-rated stars to fund future transfers, but Emery has ruled out such ideas.
The 30-year-old striker was The Gunners top scorer last season with 31goals, and finished as joint premier league goal king; but with just two years left on his Arsenal contract, suggestions were that the club would take advantage and cash in on the former Dortmund striker, especially as he was linked to rivals, United.
According to Emery though, he is very pleased to have Aubameyang, and letting him go this summer is definitely not part of his plans.
‘Not really in our mind. Not really,’ Emery said after his side’s penalty loss to Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup.
‘We are very happy with Aubameyang and we don’t want to sell him,’ he added
Rather than let Aubameyang leave, the manager revealed that he is looking forward to making the most of his versatility, and great partnership with Lacazette this season.
Aubameyang thrived in his role as a winger last season, and has continued to be effective in that position during Arsenal’s tour of the States.
He also managed to get on the scoresheet against Real Madrid on Tuesday night, grabbing Arsenal’s second after brilliantly linking up with strike partner Alexandre Lacazette.
Emery said: ‘They [Lacazette and Aubameyang] complement each other very well. They can play both together.
‘Sometimes we are playing one striker or two strikers and another moment with one winger on one side and one winger on the other side.’
‘We have a very big possibility with different options with Aubameyang because he can play like a lone striker, like a striker in a two and can play on the right wing and the left wing.
‘But, above all, we want to be very, very aggressive in the attacking third and also with moving forward to score with him.
‘With Aubameyang we can take different options with him and that is very rich for us.’