Had he stayed with Borussia Dortmund, he would now be on Champions League course …
On the other hand, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (28) is in deep trouble with Arsenal. In five games, the former BVB striker has worn the jersey of his new club – four times it set bitter failures. With his forced change Aubameyang wanted to make the famous next step in his career, so far it was – at least athletic – one in the wrong direction.
Sky expert Didi Hamann already made fun of himself via Twitter: “I am glad that Aubameyang has finally fulfilled his wish to sign with a top club.”Everything had started so well. In their Arsenal debut against Everton the Gunners celebrated a 5-1 gala, Aubameyang met – admitted from offside position – per sentimental Lupfer for interim 4-0. The fact that the Gabon star was hardly involved in the game shortly after his arrival in London, seemed explainable and excusable.
Just over a month later, the already bumpy offensive play of coach-legend Arsène Wenger (68) is still over at Aubameyang. In the following four games with the former Dortmund Arsenal managed only one hit: Aubameyang scored the ultimately useless first goal in the 1: 2 disgrace at Brighton & Hove Albion. Also in the two 0-3 defeats against Manchester City Aubameyang remained ineffective. In the League Cup final, he forgave his (only) giant scoring opportunity in the Premier League duel he failed from the penalty spot. The Arsenal fans have not seen much of his dreaded start and the move to the gate.
The helpless performances of Arsenal could now even ensure the end of the 22-year era of Wenger. The Frenchman had Aubameyang for years on the wish list, in January he had the services of the striker now cost 63.75 million euros. Aubameyang contributed with various provocations to the change. Actions that led to several suspensions in Dortmund – and may still have their share of the form-low today?
Instead of being celebrated by the “Yellow Wall” in the Dortmund Signal Iduna Park, Aubameyang and his teammates had to put up with loud boos and whistles from the last few fans at the Emirates Stadium in London. Instead of coming up again in the premier class in the coming season, Arsenal will probably have to settle for the Europa League again as the current sixth in the table.
In a title win here is Arsenal’s last chance at the Champions League. Ironically, in a duel with his youth club AC Milan (first leg today, 19 clock), it could come to the next arsenal low point. Aubameyang has to watch it. Because BVB is still represented in the same competition, he is not eligible to play.