It seems almost inevitable now that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will leave Arsenal this summer, and you can expect his next club to be Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Arsenal fans might not want to hear it, but bar either a miracle or a foolish decision by the Arsenal decision-makers (which is a pretty common occurrence, to be fair), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be leaving the club this summer for greener pastures.
With his contract expiring in the summer of 2021, selling him this summer might be Arsenal’s last chance to recoup some of the money they spent on him just over 2 years ago.
A contract renewal doesn’t seem likely (this is the miracle I was referring to earlier), and unless the club pulls off another situation as they did with Ramsey, Alexis, and Ozil (the foolish decisions I was again referring to earlier), then Aubameyang is going to be competing for bigger and better things next year. The 2 clubs that seem to keep popping up as potential destinations for the almost 31-year-old world-class striker are the 2 Spanish giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
While both clubs have star strikers in their ranks, Barcelona with Suarez and Real Madrid with Benzema, both players are heading toward the twilight of their careers and Aubameyang has a few years on them. The Gabon internationals exceptional career injury record and low-intensity style of play also gives the impression that he could play at a high level until his mid-30’s.
You can expect Aubameyang to be playing at one of these clubs next year, and both could use him, but Barcelona, in particular, are really missing a player who likes to run in-behind and can stretch defenses in that way – which makes Aubameyang a perfect fit.
Aubameyang has had a fruitful few years with Arsenal, winning a Premier League golden boot and pretty much on pace to win another one this year assuming the season finds a way to finish. However, the lack of ambition shown by the club has clearly put him off, as it did with Van Persie, Alexis, Nasri, and others.
At 30-years-old, with hardly a glint in his trophy cabinet, Aubameyang is going to want to finish his career off on a serious high, by competing for his first league title or European trophy. At the moment, neither of those goals are a reality for Arsenal.