The name of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s gets lost in the list of the best strikers in world football. When players like Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane, and Karim Benzema find their names in that list, Aubameyang’s name escapes the attention.
Since joining Arsenal in the summer of 2018 for a fee of £56 million, Aubameyang has played 78 times for the Gunners. He has scored 50 times, racking up a tally of 12 assists. Those are impressive numbers for any striker in the world.
The fact that the former Borussia Dortmund man was the Golden Boot winner, alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane is a reflection of that.
There is a perception that if not for Aubameyang’s contributions, Arsenal may have been worse off. Considering those numbers, it is no surprise that reports have linked Real Madrid with a move for the striker.
But a potential move will come at least 2-3 years late for the Los Blancos. There is no doubt that Aubameyang has the quality to play for a top club, but the situation isn’t favourable for him at Real.
The Los Blancos signed Luka Jović from Eintracht Frankfurt this past summer. The Serbian is yet to establish himself as a regular. He has started only three games in the La Liga, appearing six times from the bench. He has scored just once in his time, so far.
But his tally for Frankfurt last season shows that he’s still an investment for the future. At the tender age of 21, Jovic is seen as a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema.
But when it comes to the Frenchman, he is back among the goals. It comes as brilliant news for any Real fan, as Benzema was key to how the club won three Champions League titles in a row.
He is now 31 and approaching the twilight years of his career. Benzema is known to be Florentino Perez’s favourite player and that is why the club trusted him through bad times. That trust has paid dividends, looking at how he is back to his best.
That is why Aubameyang can have problems at a club like Real. There are two players there who are staking a claim for the first-team spot. The Arsenal man, is not getting any younger and would be left to become a bit-part player. All that, unless Real end up parting ways with Benzema which would be highly unlikely.
Aubameyang has also been playing as a left-winger more often than under Unai Emery. Many have forgotten that Alexandre Lacazette has been the centre-forward of choice. But the summer signing Eden Hazard has been a regular in that left-wing spot for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid also possesses two starlets in Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo staking their claim to that position. And letting go of their prized assets would be out of the questions.
There are no doubts about Aubameyang’s qualities but there are other big clubs that he can play at, other than Real Madrid.