DORTMUND, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Dortmund looks on during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and SV Werder Bremen at Signal Iduna Park on December 9, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images )

Arsenal's New Star? 6 Questions Surrounding the Potential Signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

With their season seemingly slowly fizzling out and star man Alexis Sanchez on his way to arch rivals Manchester United, Arsenal are in dire need of a marquee signing to turn the tide of their 2017/18 campaign. Reports in recent weeks are suggesting that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be that signing. 


Could the prolific striker be the man to save Arsenal's season? there are a number of questions floating around the potential signing of the Gabon international, and whether or not he can be the man to lead Arsenal into a new era.

6. European Ineligibility a Stumbling Block?

With winning the Europa League looking like Arsenal's best chance to qualify for the UEFA Champions League qualification, whether or not Aubameyang signs, they will have to do it without the former AC Milan striker. 


Despite not playing in the competition this year, Aubameyang's current club Borussia Dortmund dropped out of the Champions League into the Europa League by finishing 3rd in their group, making the Gabon international ineligible for the competition.


With Wenger reportedly ready to splash £60m for the striker out £60m, can the price tag be justifiable if he is ineligible to play in arguably the Gunner's most important competition this season?

5. Can He Fill Alexis Sanchez' Boots?

The key question regarding the signing of Aubameyang, is if he can be an adequate replacement for star man Alexis Sanchez.


In 122 appearances for the Gunners, Sanchez scored 60 times and contributed 25 assists.  With this departure, Arsenal fans will be hoping for a like-for-like replacement to fill the void he's left.


Aubameyang's stats at BVB however, would suggest he could more than fill the void. The forward has scored 98 times in 122 appearances for German club Dortmund; a prolific record to say the least.


Although certainly different in their styles of play, Aubameyang's the big name which would make the Sanchez departure that little bit easier for Arsenal fans.

4. A Bad Apple?

Everyone knows of Aubameyang's terrific talents and abilities on the field, trouble however, seems to follow the Gabon international.


This is a problem highlighted by any team who has been linked with the striker in recent years. Aubameyang has been dropped three times already this season for disciplinary related issues by coach Peter Stoger.


Moreover, with the constant reports of Alexis Sanchez unsettling Wenger's team in recent years, do Arsenal really want to bring another potential "trouble-maker" into the fold?

3. Would He Be Allowed to Form a Partnership With Lacazette?

Arsenal signed Alexandre Lacazette this summer for a club record £52.6m. The Frenchman has scored nine times in 21 appearances for the Gunners so far this season, however, he has failed to find the rich vein of form which saw him recruited from Lyon.


Despite this, the real question concerning Lacazette if Aubameyang arrived at the Emirates, would be whether Arsene Wenger would play a two prong attack.


Although the prospect of an Aubameyang and Lacazette duo up-front is a scary thought for any Premier League defence, Wenger has had a tendency to place a lone-striker in recent year. It will be interesting to see how the Frenchman would incorporate both players into a starting XI.

2. Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Aubameyang?

The arrival of Manchester United outcast Henrikh Mkhitaryan this week, could mean that a deal for Aubameyang will not be pursued. 


Mkhitaryan, although out of sorts at the moment, is a highly talented midfield general. It could be argued he is the kind of player Arsenal really need at the moment. He'd also be eligible to play in the Europa League.

1. Do Arsenal Really Need Another Striker?

Arsenal already have their fair share of strikers to pick from: Alexandre Lacazette, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi. 


So would Aubameyang really be needed? The striker's stats would suggest he'd be a fantastic additionn, however, Arsenal are a team who can score from every position on the field, they don't solely depend on a striker to get all their goals.


It could be suggested that resources may be better used to sign a defensive midfielder in the mould of N'golo Kante or Nemanja Matic; a player that would allow the Arsenal forwards more freedom in the final third.