Well, strangely enough it looked like Arsene Wenger was quietly telling Arsenal fans earlier today that there was a possible ‘secret’ deal being discussed with Borussia Dortmund about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. In fact his words, as reported on Arsenal.com were: “I have nothing to add to that. These kind of things, it’s better when it’s secret and when you don’t come out on it, and when you announce it when it’s over the line. Apart from the deal we just spoke about, Alexis and Mkhitaryan could happen, yes, but nothing else is close.”
He even went on to say that Aubameyang could fit in at Arsenal, despite his disciplinary problems, which led many o hink that Le Prof was hinting at his interest in the top, top striker.
But now Michael Zorc, the Dortmund Sporting Director, has hit out at Wenger for talking about his player, and has told the media that there has been no contact whatsoever with the Gunners. “We consider it disrespectful to speak about players from other clubs,” Zorc said.
“There is no contact with Arsenal.
“We assume that Wenger has enough to do dealing with his own players.”
Oh well, that sounds quite definitive. I really think that Arsenal fans would not complain about losing Alexis Sanchez to Man United if we brought in someone as exciting as Aubameyang, but I’m not sure we would be totally happy if we only got Mkhitaryan as a makeshift replacement.
Wenger has also said as well that we aren’t getting Malcom. He said today when asked about the Brazilian: “No, I don’t think we are close to doing that.” And when pressed if Malcom could arrive in January, he replied: “I don’t think so, no.”
So if these two rumours are rubbish, and, then who on earth can Wenger get to replace Alexis?