Although there’s no official confirmation yet, it seems that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on the move to Manchester United of all clubs. The Gabon striker was the best Arsenal player last season by far, so we understand the rage Gunners fan feel right now. To add insult to injury, it’s the situation with Robin van Persie happening all over again, and that memory is as painful as it gets.
With the striker reportedly keen to move to Manchester United, it could trigger a landslide of departures. To be honest, Arsenal isn’t in a position to lose players since the club is having problems attracting top talent. This, along with Auba’s departure, would definitely lower the Gunners’ chances to compete for silverware next season.
At the moment, Arsenal is on the 6th spot at most bookies to win the PL next season, lagging quite behind all the other favourites. To make matters worse, most bookies are favouring Manchester United as Aubameyang’s next club as well. Chances aren’t looking great for Arsenal to win the Europa League, so if bookies are to be believed, Arsenal is heading for another below-average season. If you want to bet on the team’s chances next season, check out the best bonus offers from all the top UK bookies here. Currently sitting as the last of the top-6 betting favourites ahead of the new PL season, Arsenal odds of 40/1 don’t really instil belief that the team can win the title. Manchester United (25/1), Chelsea (25/1), arch-rivals Tottenham (16/1), Liverpool (9/4), and City (4/6) are all ahead of Arsenal. If you don’t want to use a bonus offer on Arsenal’s title chances, markets such as Top 4 or Top 6 Finish offer enticing odds and are much more attractive for punters.
If Aubameyang isn’t adequately replaced, Arsenal fans shouldn’t even hope for the title. The Gabon international scored 31 goals last year, so moving to Manchester United would be a huge blow to Arsenal’s chances. Not that the club isn’t working round the clock to find a replacement. As a matter of fact, the Gunners are looking at many options as we speak.
The likeliest Arsenal summer signing, Wilfried Zaha is on the verge to complete a move to the Emirates. The Ivory Coast striker wants to leave Crystal Palace and move to Arsenal, a club he has supported since he was a child. The only problem is the money – Palace are asking far more than what Arsenal offers.
If Auba leaves, Zaha will be a top-class signing. Once a flop at Manchester United, Zaha has blossomed into a quality player during his second stint at Crystal Palace and looks a perfect addition to Arsenal’s squad. It will definitely show Arsenal’s ambitions, not to mention that it will surely attract top talent later on. With the transfer of Kieran Tierney also being close, Arsenal will surely look much better next term.
Everton striker Richarlison has made all the headlines these past two years. A Watford signing in 2017, he completed a big-money move to Everton last season and has performed admirably. Scoring 14 goals for the Toffees last season, Richarlison will be a top addition to the squad if Aubameyang leaves or Zaha isn’t signed.
If Zaha signs regardless of what happens with Richarlison, Arsenal’s front line will get a nice boost.
This one’s more of a wish than an actual rumour, but Icardi is available for sale and will most likely leave Inter this summer. Of course, he won’t come cheap – Inter is expecting bids in the range of €100 million. Still, Icardi has established himself as a deadly attacked in Serie A and he will be worth every penny if Arsenal decide to sign him.
Before his goalscoring feats in Lyon, Dembele terrorized defences in Scotland playing for Celtic. Arsenal’s scouts have watched the young Frenchman many times and he has been recommended as top talent. If Arsenal convince Lyon to part with their best forward, he could form a deadly duo with compatriot Alexandre Lacazette next season.