Lautaro Martinez’s constant links with a move away from Inter aren’t the best signs for the nerazzurri. The impressive Argentine will not be short of interest whenever the summer transfer window beckons and at a time, Inter will feel the need to replace the striker. With reports suggestive of the nerazzurri possibly looking at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it won’t be a bad option at all.
With Martinez now being linked with a move to Real Madrid, Inter might feel the need earlier than they thought. And a move might just make sense too.
Martinez has been playing as that workhorse striker beside Romelu Lukaku in the 3-5-2 system this season. He is scoring on a consistent basis, having found the back of the net 16 times in domestic and European competition combined. Playing in a two-striker shape has seen him combine very well with Lukaku and never be short of service.
As for Aubameyang, he has found the back of the net 16 times in all competitions this season. His position under Mikel Arteta and Unai Emery this season has been confusing as he’s constantly played either on the left or as a striker. That lack of stability in the side has been a reason for the numbers being low.
But his overall numbers at the Emirates have been very impressive. He came to the club in the winter of 2018 and since then, he’s scored 57 times in just 92 appearances. He has a tally of 13 assists too. It shows that when there isn’t instability about the side he is at, he can score on a consistent basis.
He’s been a lethal finisher, putting away chances constantly not just at Arsenal but at Borussia Dortmund too. This season, he’s completed 0.8 key passes per game and has a tally of 0.5 dribbles per game. That isn’t the highest number, but Aubameyang is more like a striker who hides behind the last defender and plays on their shoulders.
When on the left, he likes to come in from the left and be direct in front of the goal. His former Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp praised him earlier this season. He told reporters:
“Auba has no real weakness apart from his fashion sense. It is four years since I worked with him, and we are not really in contact anymore, but he was my player so I follow his career. I like him as a person, so I am happy that it has worked out really well.”
Aubameyang isn’t exactly the player who’s constantly played in a striker pairing, but that is what him and Alexandre Lacazette can often do. They share the roles and alternate between them. Perhaps, that is why Inter would want him.
He isn’t the workhorse that Martinez is. But he is someone who can constantly change roles with a striker like Romelu Lukaku. He can run off him and feed him in. He’s got pace in him and like Lautaro, he can take defenders on and beat them.
The Gabon international’s contract at the North London side runs out in the summer of 2021. He will enter the last year of his contract next season and Arsenal aren’t best known for getting their players to sign new deals. The case of Aaron Ramsey showed that. There is every chance it happens again, with Aubameyang currently stalling on talks.
It could point to the player not being too keen on staying. He might not be the youngest option. But he’s experienced and guarantees goals. He could arrive on a cut-price deal and potentially replace Martinez on a short-term deal. Inter have a history of doing deals like this.