Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was seriously being courted by Barcelona this summer.
Instead, the North London side confirmed their captain had signed a new three-year deal to remain at the club on Tuesday after months of speculation over his future.
Although Inter Millan was interested in signing the 31-year-old Gabon international, but it was Barcelona who were heavily linked to Aubameyang last season and did make an offer to take him to Catalonia this summer, before the Arsenal skipper commit his next three years to the North London club.
The English Premier League summer transfer have been filled with series of high profile signing and the competition is getting fiercer every day.
The North London club was underperforming in their last campaign, but was eventually made a beautiful ending in their season after the appointment of Mikel Arteta to finish the season with FA Cup trophy in their cabinet. However, this campaign is promised to be entertaining as the Gunner found a way to tie their captain down for another three years through the team technical director, Edu and the head coach, Arteta.
Arsenal football club had been going from strength to strength since resumption of the football back in May after the coronavirus pandemic had halt the season. Top of the Gunners are currently sitting at the top of the English Premier League Log after their 3-0 convincing win against Fulham on Saturday in the season league cotton raiser match.
Although, the North London Club are the top team, the commitment of the skipper would prove to be the signing of the season as the prolific attribute of the Gabonese in front the goal post is unrivalled by any player in the League since his arrival in January, 2018.
Barcelona on the other hand would be biting their tongue with their lack of commitment in signing the French-Gabonese into their team this season. After a disappointing 2019/20 campaign that saw them finish trophyless, a lot needs to change at Camp Nou to ensure the club are challenging again next season.
That began just days after Barcelona were knocked out of the Champions League, with manager Quique Setien given his marching orders and Ronald Koeman has since replaced him and is already looking to shake things up.
Since the arrival of Barcelona new coach, in August, there had been some wind of change in the Estadio de Camp Nou, with series of top players showing the way to the exit door. The likes of Arturo Vidal who is speculated to be on the radar of the Italian team, Inter Millan; Ivan Rakitic who had found his way back to his former club, Sevilla CF, Samuel Umtiti who could potentially be part of the deal take the Dutch attacker, Memphis Depay to the Camp Nou this summer and the third highest goal scorer in rich history of Barcelona, Luis Suarez.
Presumably, Barcelona would be getting back to their challenging self this campaign after their disappointing last campaign after they went trophyless.
Barcelona would be without a prolific goal scorer if Luis Suarez eventually found his way of the club and the burden will be on Lionel Messi to once again wail his magic and found his scoring boot to raise the Catalan club back to their competitive best once again.
However, Barcelona will be banking on Ansu Fati, Trincao, Pedri and probably Memphis Depay should his impending move from Olympique Lyon materialize this summer.
However, since the days of Pep Guardiola, Barcelona hardly depend on a prolific goal scorer after the departure of Samuel Eto’o in the summer of 2009 and the vibrant Messi had never once let the gap left behind by the lack of goal scorer shown in the team.
However, the ageing Messi is a show of himself as the Argentinian cannot boast the record he once set in the period of 2008-2014, which had been alleviated by the signing of Suarez.
The lack of commitment to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer could mean a reduction in the winning ratio for the Spanish giant club. The experience and lethargy that the Gabonese would be providing the Catalan club would be a sign to miss by Barcelona.
Although, Barcelona is vying for the signature of Depay and the potential loss of Luis Suarez is on the horizon, but the tenacity, accuracy and speed that the Gabon international bring to the team would be solely miss by the Gunners should he leave the North London Club for Barcelona this summer. However, the lackluster attribute of the Catalan club would made him remain in the London team for another three years.
The English Premier League summer transfer show is getting interesting every day, and so is the season will be. But Arsenal would be happy and lucky to have their team captain commit to the future of the club, as they are set to challenge on all front this season, but Barcelona would rue their miss on the Arsenal skipper come the end of the season.
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