Three cheaper alternatives than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Arsenal
We’re halfway through the January window and it looks as though Arsene Wenger has finally snapped and decided to spend some effin’ money. The Alexis Sanchez saga has clearly taken its toll on the Frenchman. He knows he must now go above and beyond to appease fans.
The Gunners are currently working on deals to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Malcom. Reports suggest a deal for the Gabonese Borussia Dortmund striker could cost northward of £60 million.
Granted Auba is quality but is he worth such a seismic fee? Why spend so much on one player when there are three cheaper alternatives who will appeal to Arsene Wenger's inner economist.
For some unknown reason, Antonio Conte just doesn’t fancy Michy Batshuayi. Despite the Belgian scoring the decisive goal in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign last season, Conte has refused to give the 24-year-old more opportunities. In fact, he’s only been afforded 263 minutes of league football in 2017-18. It’s clearer than ever the Blues boss doesn’t view him as an adequate backup to Alvaro Morata. Chelsea have made enquiries about Andy Carroll's availability.
Seeing as the Gunners tried to sign the young Belgian before he moved to Stamford Bridge, this transfer is written in the stars. Batshuayi works hard, always finds himself in scoring positions, is a clinical finisher and links up well with others. What else would Arsène Wenger want in a player? Superhero masks?
Experienced in the league, proven in front of goal, diligent in defence, but no superhero mask. Javier Hernandez is perhaps one of the most overlooked strikers in Premier League football. In his time at Manchester United he proved time and again he’s a natural born goalscorer. Everywhere he’s gone he’s adapted and produced.
His final-third movement is second to none. Add his composed finishing, you have a top-class striker on your hands. At Arsenal the Mexican legend would be afforded a plethora of chances weekly. The squad's ability to create chances is unrivaled. Hernandez would be cheap-arito and guaranteed to score more goals than a 28-year-old who hasn’t yet experienced English football.
Keep to the code!
Before his move to Inter Milan Europe’s top scouts were raving about Barbosa. Sadly his time in Italy proved detrimental to his career. He made nine appearances for the Nerazzurri, scoring just one goal in the process. Come summer 2017 he found himself out of favour. A loan move to Benfica was his only saving grace.
In Portugal he’s only played 43 minutes of football with no goals to his name. Regardless his tough time in European football, we must remember the Brazilian is only 21.
Why would someone in such dire straits suit Arsenal? No, not because they're in the same leaky boat. Barbosa has exceptional ball control. He’d only add to Arsenal’s already sumptuous build-up play. With the ball at his feet, he excels at producing through-balls, beating players for pace, and attempting long shots. He's a short, poor man's Paul Pogba. Okay maybe a short, destitute man's. Still, finding the right fit can transform any player. Look at Raheem Sterling with City or Paulinho at Barcelona.
Gabriel Barbosa has all the attributes to better Arsenal’s attacking prowess as a false nine. He would cost far less than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Plus, who wouldn't want to see him pull one of those peacock feathered pirate hats from under his kit after he scores? It would put Auba to shame.