The minimum requirement for Arsenal in the English Premier League would appear to be a return to the top four this season if the confidence shown in Unai Emery is to continue.
After sharing the Premier League Golden Boot award last season, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been given the major responsibility of firing the Gunner back to the Champions League positions alongside Alexandre Lacazette and new signing Nicolas Pepe. However, the star striker still appears to have his heart set on a move away from the Emirates with his dream move to Real Madrid becoming even more of a possibility.
Arsenal FC is thought to have invested around $60 million in the Gabon international striker when he was bought from Bundesliga club, Borussia Dortmund in January 2018. Unai Emery’s predecessor, Arsene Wenger brought the striker to the club where he has been an instant success despite some concern about the quality of his play among some experts during his first season. The 22 goals scored by Aubameyang were said to have attracted the interest of Manchester United during the summer transfer window but the striker appears to favor a move to Real Madrid.
Gooners may not feel their star player has any intention of making the move to the Spanish capital but the French-born striker has talked consistently about swapping the English Premier League for La Liga. Aubameyang’s mother confirmed rumors the family of the forward are Real fans and that the striker himself promised his deceased grandfather he would one day play for Los Blancos.
Despite making it clear he is in no rush to break up the partnership of Aubameyang and Lacazette in the coming months, Emery may have caused himself problems with his insistence on bringing in players from Madrid. Real Madrid’s President, Florentino Perez was willing to allow midfielder Dani Ceballos to move on loan to the Emirates to gain some first-team experience in the Premier League this season but Unai Emery harbors few hopes of a long-term deal being done for the Spanish international. Despite Ceballos not being in the thoughts of Madrid coach Zidane the President of the club is an admirer and seems determined to hold on to him for the future.
Ceballos is now reported to have been talking up the benefits of moving to the Bernabeu for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Spanish news websites are claiming both Ceballos and German midfielder Mezut Ozil are both intents on talking about the good times he had in a three-year spell at Real under Jose Mourinho.
There is no doubt Arsenal FC coach Emery needs to hold on to the Gabon striker to make sure the Gunners remain competitive in the Premier League if they are to return to the Champions League positions. If Arsenal fails in their bid to reach the promised land of the Champions League they do risk losing Aubameyang and Lacazette while losing any chance of signing Ceballos.
There is no doubt the lure of Europa League football will not secure the futures of the main stars at Arsenal and could lead to the end of Unai Emery’s tenure as manager.