Why Arsenal should push for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Tobias Strobl, during his time with Hoffenheim, and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund

If Dortmund's chief executive is open to talking to Real Madrid, Arsenal should definitely consider throwing their hat into the ring.

Tobias Strobl, during his time with Hoffenheim, and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia DortmundTobias Strobl, during his time with Hoffenheim, and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund

It's not the most confident of messages when your chief executive is open to talking to Real Madrid about selling your star player.

But Hans-Joachim Watzke won't have made himself too popular with Borussia Dortmund fans after admitting he will talk with Madrid should they come in for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

His comments can be found on Sky Sports but, despite that statement, Watzke is adamant Dortmund do not need to sell Aubameyang with his contract running to 2020 and the club are under no financial pressure to do so.

Football Soccer - Real Madrid v Celta VigoReal Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid are currently under a transfer embargo from FIFA until January 2018 over their conduct signing players under the age of 18 with an appeal pending, but by then their interest in Aubameyang could subside and the player himself has said Madrid isn't necessarily his next destination should he leave Dortmund.

So there's no harm in suggesting why Arsenal should consider a move for the 27-year-old especially when he fits the bill perfectly for The Gunners.

Aubameyang's pace and ability to play through the middle makes him a natural upgrade on Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez who perform much better out wide, although Sanchez has shown a capability to lead the line for the majority of this season.

But the Gabonese is a natural goalgetter and also in the form of his life - 60 goals in 86 Bundesliga games and 39 goals in all competitions last season, not to mention eight in eight games this season.

Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores their second goalBorussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores their second goal against Liverpool in the Europa League

He is exactly the sort of signing that would show Arsene Wenger means business and give him a forward capable of firing Arsenal to the title and possible Champions League glory.

Lucas Perez has been unable to prove his worth so far since his summer move from Deportivo La Coruna and despite his decent record, Olivier Giroud hasn't convinced the Emirates faithful enough to show why he should start.

Aubameyang is one of the hottest strikers in Europe but would need a lot of convincing to swap Germany for North London, with The Gunners needing to prove they are a better option than Dortmund or even Real Madrid.

But his arrival would be a huge show of intent and convince the likes of Sanchez and Mesut Ozil that the club can match their ambitions with new contracts no closer to being signed.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring their third goal with Alexis SanchezArsenal's Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring their third goal with Alexis Sanchez

The talent of Sanchez, Ozil, Walcott and Aubameyang is the sort of attack that could bring the Premier League title back to Arsenal and be an exciting challenge in Aubameyang's career.

Madrid's embargo means they've lost ground in the race for the former Saint-Etienne striker and Arsenal could take advantage if he decides to leave the Westfalenstadion with Zinedine Zidane's side potentially eyeing up other targets.

The Gunners have cash to burn and an ideology that fits Aubameyang perfectly so if Dortmund do entertain the possibility of selling him, Arsenal should put themselves right in front of the queue.

Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates a goalREUTERS/Ina Fassbender   DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE DURING MATCH TIME TO 15 PICTURES PER GAME. IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASEBorussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates

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