Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal contract expires at the end of next season, and the Gunners captain has requested one major signing in the summer transfer window.
It’s no secret that the Gunners captain has now entered the final 12 months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium and he didn’t want to be drawn on his future after netting a brace in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea.
Whatever the situation is, Mikel Arteta is keen for the 31-year-old to stay and reports in France claim Aubameyang is dreaming of being reunited with Dembele next season.
Signing the former Borussia Dortmund star looks to be key to Arsenal keeping hold of their captain, but what would the attack look like if Head of Football Raul Sanllehi delivers for Aubameyang?
On the right-hand side of a trio supporting Aubameyang in attack would be Arsenal club-record signing Nicolas Pepe.
Despite the Ivory Coast international’s inconsistent form this season, he has struck up an understanding with the Gunners no.14. This was evident in the FA Cup final with Pepe providing another assist for the Gabon international.
The no.10 position is also key. Mesut Ozil hasn’t really linked up with Aubameyang like many would have expected when the latter arrived at the Emirates Stadium.
At some point in the very near future, the Gunners will have to move on from the German playmaker and recent rumours suggest Arteta is already looking at potential successors for the 31-year-old.
Among those linked with Arsenal includes Chelsea’s Willian, Red Bull Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai and ex-Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.
Of the trio, the latter arguably represents the best option for what Arteta wants to achieve in the short-term with Aubameyang.
Whilst Coutinho has generally flourished from a left-wing position throughout his career, allowing him to operate more centrally does raise the prospect of him slipping in balls for Aubameyang to finish off.
Completing the dream attack is Aubameyang’s reported request and one that would be a risky deal on Arsenal’s behalf.
Dembele is reportedly up for sale at Barcelona this summer and his wretched injury record since joining the Catalan giants would be enough to put anyone off making a move.
However, the one season they spent together at Borussia Dortmund should be enough to convince Sanllehi to match the £37m fee that Barca have apparently placed on the talented winger’s head.