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Arsenal suffer transfer setback as potentially record-breaking deal hangs in the balance – report

The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are desperate for their side to bring in more attacking quality. The departure of Alexis Sanchez has left a gap that not even Henrikh Mkhitaryan can fill – with a clear need for more going forward before January comes to an end.

However, unfortunately for the Gunners, the prospect of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being that solution is far from assured. To the contrary, according to the Daily Star, it could well be hanging in the balance. The Daily Star reports that Borussia Dortmund are demanding a fee around the £60 million mark – a price that would break Arsenal’s current transfer record of £52 million for Alexandre Lacazette – and the Gunners just aren’t willing to pay that much.

Instead, it is said, they may hold out and hope that the price comes down – or they could look to simply move on from the deal altogether. On that note, with Dortmund growing frustrated with Arsenal, it seems unlikely that they will go down too much.

It’s a significant setback for Arsenal, as it appeared as though all of the pieces were lining up nicely for a deal. They clearly need more attacking depth, and Aubameyang looked set for the exit door. Now, however, the deal is hanging in the balance – with a fee still far away from being agreed.

It’s fair to say that this hasn’t gone down very well in the Transfer Tavern, with Aubameyang touted as a dream signing for most fans. Having bagged 31 league goals last term in the Bundesliga, there is no denying that he is exactly what Arsenal need right now. Their current crop of forwards, including Mkhitaryan, aren’t as lethal as the Gabonese attacker, and they need all the goals they can get as they look to break back into the top four.

Landlord’s Verdict

As has often been the case with Arsenal, this one is all coming down to money. They often refuse to pay over the odds, and so this stalemate is unlikely to come to a positive conclusion unless Dortmund lower their expectations. Under-cutting their valuation, though, is the wrong way to go about the deal, as that will only anger the German side.

There is no sign that that could happen, and so it’s going to be a case of waiting and hoping for the best for our resident Gunners.

It would be a bold decision to walk away from the deal, but Arsenal must be careful. If they try and wait until the last minute, Dortmund may still refuse to budge – and that will leave Wenger in a very tough spot for the rest of the season.

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