With the January transfer window now open Arsenal fans will be hoping that Arsene Wenger really is as busy as he suggested earlier this week but that does not mean that we should believe all of the Arsenal transfer rumours in the football media.
And in my opinion that goes for the one in The Sun today that claims the Gunners are set to make a massive transfer bid of around £42 million for the Borussia Dortmund and Gabon international star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Now it is not that I do not believe the prolific and talented striker is not worth that or that Wenger would not pay it, as that is about the same as the Frenchman paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil a few years ago. I just do not believe that the boss sees a top quality centre forward as our transfer priority right now.
For one thing we are just about to get Alexis Sanchez back from injury and Olivier Giroud has been doing a great job for us. So with Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell and with Danny Welbeck on the comeback trail there are other positions that are more in need of a boost.
Even if I am wrong about that, there is the Sky Sports report of a few weeks ago in which the Gabonese forward specifically poured cold water on the transfer rumours surrounding him.
Aubameyang said, “I am very happy here. The people here accept me for who I am. Dortmund has become my second home.
“I learnt a lot through the clubs I’ve played for previously [AC Milan, Dijon, Lille, Monaco] both negative and positive. It’s made me a better person.
“Every goal I score feels like the first. It’s a special feeling to play in front of these fans. I don’t know my limits yet. I set personal goals every season, that’s very important to me. I have improved in every year I’ve been at Dortmund.”
With Dortmund pushing Bayern Munich hard in the German Bundesliga, why would they sell their best player in January? So even if Arsenal are looking to sign a striker, you might as well forget about it being Aubameyang.