Now that the deal between Arsenal and Manchester United is ddone and dusted, the Gunners can now move on to their other targets, which are rumoured to be Malcom from Bordeaux and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund. Both players have been punished over disciplinary problems recently and both have been dropped by their teams this weekend.
Dortmund have finally admitted that Arsenal have made an approach for PEA, after denying any contact and calling Arsenal disrespectful. It would appear that Bordeau were taking the same stance when their president Stephane Martin said: “Things are clear with his agents. He has not had his contract extended this summer just to give him away this winter,” Martin told L’Equipe.
“We haven’t had any discussions with Arsenal. From our point of view, it’s all hot air.
“They can always try, but they will have a hard time taking him from us.”
But now the player himself has admitted that he could yet be sold after telling reporters yesterday: “I do not know if I will be staying or leaving. I leave that to my agents, to the club. If I leave that is great, I thank the club for everything,”
“That is life. These are choices. There you go. Now we will see. If I have to stay, I will stay. If I am to leave, then I will leave. So long as I am here, I will do my work.
“Is England a dream? Yes it is a dream, it is a dream for all players and I am no different. As I said, I am here, I must think about working and nothing else. I must not think about leaving now.”
Does that sound like someone who has been told he is categorically not leaving Bordeaux? I don’t think so….