The Arsenal fans were absolutely delighted in the Transfer Tavern on deadline day after their club officially announced the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.
The future of Aubameyang had long been a major topic of discussion in the British media as doubts over Dortmund’s willingness to offload the Gabon international loomed large, but those doubts were finally put to rest on January 31st as the BBC confirmed he had joined Arsenal in a deal worth £56 million. Aubameyang arrived at the club in a month where Arsenal added Konstantinos Mavropanos and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to their ranks and also waved goodbye to their crown jewel Alexis Sanchez following three and a half years in North-London.
However, arguably the best piece of news for Arsenal on deadline day didn’t even concern the arrival of Aubameyang, as the BBC also confirmed that Mesut Ozil has signed a contract extension until 2021 following months of speculation regarding his future.
There is no doubt that Ozil’s decision was influenced by Arsenal’s acquisition of Aubameyang, as the German international would have been left questioning the ambition of the club if they had failed to complete a marquee signing to replace Sanchez.
Aubameyang’s arrival marks a game-changing moment in Arsenal’s recent history. The club had been on a downward spiral prior to his arrival after failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 21 years and then losing their star player to a fierce Premier League rival.
But that downward spiral is set to end now with the arrival of Aubameyang and Ozil’s subsequent contract extension, and if Wenger continues to strengthen his squad next summer, Arsenal will be ready to finally mount a genuine title challenge.
Arsenal’s attacking line up looks tantalising now that they boast the likes of Aubameyang, Ozil, Lacazette, Mkhitaryan within their ranks, so now it’s down to Wenger to make a couple of key defensive acquisitions and mentally prepare his team for a title challenge next season.