Arsenal ready up perfect £47m Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replacement but Edu must wait

Arsenal’s latest problem within the squad has emerged with a vengeance, with it clear that a new striker has to be the priority for 2022.

With Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette both seeing their deals come to a close at the end of the season, it was always expected that the club would be on the hunt for a new leading forward next summer.

However, the situation has since become more problematic as the once ever-reliable Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has lost his way, with the mega-money deal presented to the Gabon striker proving to be the club captain’s Kryptonite.

Missing absolute sitters in each of the last three Premier League matches, though being rescued by the offside flag against Manchester United, the situation has reached boiling point and Arsenal need to move.

Fortunately, it’s less than a month until the transfer window opens the door for Mikel Arteta and Edu to try to resolve the situation but finding the right sort of striker in mid-season is not an easy task and is incredibly risky.

The best approach may be to wait until the end of the season, where Arsenal have the perfect successor to Aubameyang ready to fall into their hands in the form of Lille ace Jonathan David.

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The Canada international has been regularly touted with a move to the Emirates Stadium ever since his days in Belgium with Genk and has excelled in Ligue 1 since his arrival, netting 11 goals in 17 games this season – outscoring PSG superstar Lionel Messi in the process.

While some would fight tooth and nail to retain that sort of talent within the squad, Lille are well aware of their situation and are prepared to sell players for the right price – something Arsenal have used to their advantage previously to sign Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Magalhaes.



Jonathan David may be Arsenal's perfect successor to out-of-sorts captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Jonathan David may be Arsenal’s perfect successor to out-of-sorts captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

On top of that, David has not hidden his desire to play in the Premier League and has dubbed England’s top-flight to be the ‘best in the world’ – so a move could work well for all parties.

The caveat for Arsenal, however, is the fact that French outlet Jeunes Footeux states Lille president Olivier Létang’s determination to hold onto the player in the January transfer window and instead sanction a deal at the end of the season, where he’s ready to cash-in for around €55m (£47m).

That is an expensive price but is fair for a player of his value and the bottom line is that Arsenal need to pay whatever is required in order to get the right signing who can propel them forward in the years to come.

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Indeed, signing David next summer will not do anything to help Arsenal’s woes this term and it may come at the end of another season where Arsenal do not have Champions League football in their grasp.

But patience is a virtue and it’s about time Arsenal held fire as, too often than not, they’ve fired quickly to make decisions and haven’t seen things work out how they had planned.

Handing new deals to Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil seemed to be an obvious right call but time told a different story, with the latter being shipped off to Fenerbahce and increasing signs that Aubameyang could go down a similar path.

Rushing into signing a striker in January wouldn’t be the right move and the better option is to wait it out, then put the club’s money where their mouth is to bring David in as the starring man they need.

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