With Olivier Giroud enjoying his most effective season in front of goal since he signed for Arsenal years ago and still being the second choice at centre forward to the excellent Alexis Sanchez, and with the Gunners having more forward options than ever with Alex Iwobi improving, Lucas Perez settling in and both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looking sharper than ever and chipping in, not to mention the end of the long injury lay-off for Danny Welbeck, I was not surprised to see Arsene Wenger suggest in an Arsenal.com report that the club has no interest in the transfer of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.
The boss said, “We have Welbeck coming back, we have Giroud, we have Alexis, we have Walcott, we have Lucas, who is doing very well now as well. We have Chuba Akpom coming back as well, we have Sanogo – we have a high number of strikers.”
Apart from Yaya Sanogo I agree with Wenger, but I wonder if he would say the same if the striker we were talking about was Pierre-Emerick Aubamaeyang. I doubt it very much to be honest as the Borussia Dortmund and Gabon international star is one of the most devastating players in world football today.
You just asume that he is not available though, or we did until Metro reported the Dortmund director Hans-Joachim Watzke admitting that the sale of Aubameyang was not out of the question, although it is clear that he is thinking of big money.
Watzke said, ‘I do not think there are an awful lot of clubs Auba would like to join.
‘There has been a lot of talk about a transfer for the past two or three years, but he is still at Dortmund. It used to be the same story with Marco Reus. He was supposedly going to every club in the world as well, but he is still here.
‘Of course, everyone has his price in football, regardless of who we are talking about.
‘But we are not even thinking about a transfer at the moment, because there is nothing happening for now.
‘If an offer comes in that does turn his head, we will sit down and discuss it. But even that does not mean he will definitely leave. Auba still has a long-term contract here.’
This seems like an odd thing to say about one of your most important players, so what do you make of it? Should Arsenal test the transfer water with a big bid?