Swap deal with Barcelona just sounds too good to be true… (Opinion)

Barcelona are claimed to be keen on striking a swap deal to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in come January, by offering Ousmane Dembele to Arsenal.

The striker has been stripped of his captaincy today, launching his future into serious doubt, after he was dropped from the playing squad at the weekend for failing to follow orders.

Aubameyang will also be overlooked when we take on West Ham in midweek, and it will be interesting to see if he earns a regular role back in the team over the coming weeks, with the winter window set to open in January.

Barcelona are now claimed by the Independent to be eyeing his potential arrival however, which could well pose as an attractive prospect for the north London club.

The Catalan club are claimed to be looking to swap their French forward Dembele to the Gunners to cover payment, with the Frenchman into final year of his contract at present.

I struggle to believe that Ousmane would join us, knowing how highly he is rated across the continent and how long it has been since we played Champions League football. I also have my doubts that we should sign him. Offloading Auba could well be what is best for the club, with his stock only going downhill at this point in his career, but Ousmane’s injury record has to strike alarm bells.

Our club has never had the best record in that aspect, and his wages would likely be impossible to comprehend for someone who we couldn’t rely on to play a key role in our campaign due to his fitness.

I’m not doubting his ability, but could we really condone paying his current wage knowing we would need major luck to keep him fit?



Tags Ousmane Dembele Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang


  1. fairfan says:

    Dembele is a luxury player we can not and will not consider unless it is a loan. Newcastle might take Aubameyang to help avoid relegation. Mind you every club will be trying to offload their over paid failures on the Magpies like Martial, Coutinho, Greizman or even Kane who is on a barren run (until he plays us).
    Leeds just lost to Man City 7-0.
    Leeds will be another Everton scenario looking to bounce back after humiliating defeats?
    Guess who Leeds play next?

    1. Sue says:

      Leeds will be without Rodrigo, Bamford, Cooper, Phillips, Koch, Struijk, Firpo, Shackleton.. wait for it – there won’t be a better time to play them!

      1. fairfan says:

        Hope your right Sue.
        But Everton had players out injured.
        Look what happened there

        1. Sue says:

          Exactly that, FF, which is why I mentioned the ‘there won’t be a better time….’ line. We’re away and are vulnerable on the road!

      2. siamois says:


    2. Divine says:

      Gunners for sure

    3. Atangana says:

      You could be right. We struggle against all the small teams and just capitulate against big teams. Our players really really lack self-confidence except Ramsdale.
      Against big teams players like Saka and Smith Rowe on whom we count make virtually no impact. Those teams can already read their game and render them totally harmeless

  2. JW says:

    Yet another stupid transfer/swap deal!!!

    These articles seem to be getting sillier the closer we get to January.

    Why would we want Ousmane Dembele, who looks like another Diaby, out injured for long periods.

    Plus his actions off the pitch make Auba seem angelic.

    We need a strong DM and a really good goal scorer if we are serious about finishing fourth this season.

  3. Loose Cannon says:

    If it happens we will be out off the pan and into the fire. A player twice worse than Auba in fitness, attitude and commitment. I doubt Mikel would do this type of a swap. Hire fighters like Watkins or DCL to complement Martenelli and Saka. No more big names, big wages, Zero commitment.

  4. Saminu says:

    Denbele he is faster and driviler we need him arsenal, arteta please go and complete a deal.

  5. gunnerforlife says:

    A very bad deal if it goes through. We have enough problems at Arsenal and dont need another problem like Dembele, prone to injury and bad discipline record. Vlahovic, Jovic, DCL, Riclarlson, Wotkins or Emanuel Dennis should be the ones Arsenal should be looking at to get back into top 4. Also, we badly need another world class DM to play with Partey.

  6. Durand says:

    Seems like it solves Barca’s problems; they get a striker and get rid of an underperforming asset. We get rid of Auba, but the player in return isn’t what we need at the moment.

    Arsenal need a striker that can deliver in the PL.

    I’m less concerned about a DM because I feel that White could solve that position when Saliba returns to play CB with Gabriel.

    Also, I think Tavares could offer something in the midfield engine room, so maybe another backup LB and RB after offloading Soares and Chambers.

  7. jon fox says:

    All wise fans know there is not a shred of truth in this latest of the constant false rumours that JA(in practice, nearly always PATRICK)foists upon us.

    Posts above mine have rightly pointed out the obvious reasons why we will not touch this player with a bargepole.

    I can think of nothing more delightful than getting the maverick Auba to go to Barca, a club I have always detested.

    But that too is nonsense and will not happen, sadly for us.

  8. Sapiman says:

    If its the other way round, we offer Auba as part of deal to buy Dembele., maybe I would believe it.

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