Barcelona deploy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sabotage to scupper Arsenal’s Erling Haaland hope – Tom Canton

Even entertaining the thought of Erling Haaland joining Arsenal seems fanciful at best, however, I along with plenty of other supporters would have said the same about Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez prior to them rocking up at the club.

Arsenal will need to ensure qualification into the Champions League, however, to have any chance of luring the Norwegian striker to the club and reunite him with international teammate Martin Odegaard.

The release clause that activates in the summer is an accessible figure for Arsenal and therefore the Gunners should certainly be buying at least a ticket to the raffle. As the saying goes, you need to be in it to win it.

However, one of the biggest opponents for the signing of Haaland should the Gunners wish to enter the race will be Barcelona.

Despite their recent acquisition of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a free transfer, the interest in the Borussia Dortmund striker is well established with his agent Mino Raiola already meeting with club representatives to discuss the terms of a possible future deal.

Speaking of Aubameyang, the striker has been questioned on the prospect of playing with Erling Haaland and the Gabonese forward has welcomed the player to join his new club. Potentially sabotaging any hope Arsenal might have had.

“I’m always prepared for healthy competition with my teammates, so it would be an honour to play with him if he ends up joining Barca,” he told Sport via the Metro.

“I’m not a coach, but I think Haaland is a great player.

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“He scores a lot of goals, he has a very good physique and a lot of speed. He is very big, but he runs a lot. He is incredible.”

Haaland’s arrival at the Camp Nou would almost certainly end Aubameyang’s hopes of maintaining a regular starting spot in the striker position, possibly the entire first eleven.

Arsenal will be moving for a striker in the summer after the 32-year left and the club is also expected to see both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah leave when their contracts expire at the end of the season.

Mikel Arteta has already tried to target Dusan Vlahovic. The Serbian striker was and is considered as one of the most exciting young forwards on the planet with some seeing Haaland as the only player in his age bracket above him regarding potential.

With the club described as ‘angry’ by Lucas Torreira’s agent after missing out on the 21-year-old, trying to avenge their failure in the summer will hopefully spark a big move for Vlahovic’s only superior.

Hopefully, Aubameyang’s words have done little to convince Haaland that Barcelona, currently struggling to rekindle their previous European standing, is a better place to be than north London.

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