There are very few questioning our need for a striker this summer, with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema heavily linked with a move to the Emirates (via the Express). Arsene Wenger apparently has a backup option lined up in case a move for the Frenchman doesn’t work out, with reports suggesting he is keen on bringing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to North London.
Kike Marin, a writer for Spanish publication El Confidencial, claims Wenger is still after his compatriot Benzema, but sees Aubameyang as an alternative.
— Kike Marin** (@Kike_Marin_) August 14, 2015
There are a number of reasons why we should be questioning the validity of his claim, first and foremost because he originally claimed our Benzema alternative was Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
Obviously Wenger is entitled to change his mind, and he may well have switched from Lewandowski to Aubameyang. The Borussia Dortmund star has recently signed a new contract however (via BVB.de), with the deal tying him down until 2020.
This doesn’t mean a move is impossible, but Wenger is unlikely to want to pay the inflated fee that will surely come with the new long term contract.
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You could argue that we don’t even need Aubameyang, as he isn’t necessarily much of a step up from Theo Walcott – if he is at all. Both men are pace merchants with excellent finishing, but neither player offers a whole lot more.
We certainly need attacking reinforcements, but is the Gabon international the player we want to see arrive?