Arsenal landed a club-record deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund yesterday, but the transfer has been questioned by Gabrielle Marcotti.
The Gunners agreed a deal worth between £55-60 Million, depending on sources, for the arrival of the Gabon international, and were seemingly allowed a free shot at his signature.
Our move was in the balance over the last few days, with the BVB club said to be unwilling to sanction the deal unless a replacement was found to cover for their star striker’s exit, and we are believed to have arranged a three-way deal including Chelsea, which saw Olivier Giroud move to our rivals, in order to free Michy Batshuayi for a loan spell in Germany.
Marcotti has now questioned the move of the North-London club, claiming there were no other interested parties.
“This is a player that was offered to everybody in the summer and there were no takers,” Marcotti said.
“You still ended up spending a lot of money for him, if you compare him to other players who moved in the summer.
“He’s 29 years old, you already have a centre-forward who was the club’s record signing and has only been there for six months.
“I also think it adds to the cohort of players who are in their late-20’s between him, Mkhitaryan and Ozil extending.
“I don’t think it’s a good situation to be in when you’ve got three or four players who are roughly the same age who are really getting on.”
Is it risky having three of your best players all aged 29 and over? Was there a reason why nobody else challenged us for PEA? Was he worth the record fee?