Raphael Honigstein has claimed Arsenal need to go all in for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, and that the forward is perfect for the club and the way they play.
He noted that while the BVB player is ideal for the Gunners, the fact they went out and bought Lacazette in the summer is certainly strange and Arsenal should have gone for a better option – at a higher price, which they’re now being forced to do.
Given they are now without Alexis Sanchez, and Lacazette has been struggling, Wenger wants some firepower up top, and is making sure that the Gunners get it – yet there are still sticking points, including the valuation held by BVB.
“It’s a really interesting move on so many levels,” Honigstein told the BBC’s Euro Leagues Podcast.
“I’m a huge fan of Aubameyang. I think he’s going to score a lot of goals.
“The way Arsenal play on the floor with quick passes – that’s exactly his game.
“You wouldn’t want to play him as a centre-forward in a more direct team, I don’t think he’d do a good job for Chelsea.
“I think he’d be completely miscast in that role.
“But why did they go and get Lacazette (in the summer)?
“It was clear all over Europe that Aubameyang was on the table, Dortmund were waiting for an offer to come in, he was waiting for an offer to come in.
“And they decided that Lacazette for half the money was the better option and now they are replacing him with very much the same player.
“Perhaps a better player, more mature, further ahead in his development.
“But aren’t there other areas in the squad they should have upgraded first?”
Many Arsenal fans think the deal to get Henrik Mkhitaryan as part of the swap deal for Alexis Sanchez was a winning one, and that the creative star could play alongside Mesut Ozil – or replace him should the playmaker decide to leave in the summer once his contract is run down.
Not only that, but the Gunners know they have a player on their hands who has a point to prove, with Mkhitaryan’s time at Manchester United far from a success, and certainly something he will want to change – and join the growing number of players who can say they left a Jose Mourinho side and went on to huge success.