Chelsea is interested in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is in need of a new striker (Picture: ESPN) Whether or not this has any bearing on his desire to join Chelsea remains to be seen, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clearly still has feelings for Arsenal based on his response to a difficult quickfire question.
The former Arsenal captain joined Barcelona in January after an acrimonious departure in which he clashed with manager Mikel Arteta, who sanctioned his contract termination.
Aubameyang then had a strong start to his Barcelona career, scoring 13 goals across all competitions to help Xavi’s side salvage something from a difficult season and qualify for the Champions League.
Barcelona’s precarious financial situation, combined with the acquisition of Robert Lewandowski, has cast serious doubt on Aubameyang’s future, with Chelsea intent on testing the waters as they step up their own bid for a new striker.
Despite the fact that their own team has moved on with the signing of Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal fans will no doubt find it difficult to accept the prospect of Aubameyang playing for Chelsea.
At the very least, they’re unlikely to see him representing their north London rivals again after he chose Real Madrid over Tottenham during a Q&A session with ESPN, pulling a trademark grin.
Meanwhile, reports in Spain claim Aubameyang’s representatives are currently in talks with Barcelona’s hierarchy to determine their intentions regarding the striker’s future.
Aubameyang, who was given a new squad number earlier this week, is keen to stay at Camp Nou but is willing to listen to any offer made by Chelsea.
The signing of Lewandowski may limit Aubameyang’s playing time, especially in his preferred central striking role, but he insisted last month that the pair could work together, as they did for a single season at Dortmund.
‘I was really excited because I know him well because we played together at Dortmund and had some nice times over there,’ he said.
At Barcelona, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now faces competition from Robert Lewandowski (Picture: Getty)
‘I was just happy, and when this became official, we reunited and had some fun words about the past, but I’m really happy because this is how Barcelona will compete, with great strikers, and that’s what this club is all about.’
‘Obviously, I believe we have more experience, and I am confident that we can perform better than in the past in Dortmund.’ Personally, I will do my best, and I am confident that he will do the same. We will hope we have better numbers than in the past.’
Asked if manager Xavi had expanded on his plan to accommodate two world class strikers, he said: ‘Yes a little bit. ‘
He was talking to all of us that we have to compete this year to win titles. Of course when you talk about trophies we need a competitive team. ‘That’s why we have a lot of strikers and midfielders and defenders. This is the way to achieve things this season.’ MORE : Mikel Arteta digs out Ben White and threatens to kick four Arsenal players out of training in All or Nothing MORE : Arsenal outcast Pablo Mari close to completing loan move to Serie A side AC Monza
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