Arsenal already have £32m Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer replacement lined up

Arsenal have reportedly begun preparing for life without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst eyed as his potential replacement. Aubameyang has been a revelation for the Gunners ever since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.

The Gabon international averages more than a goal every two games and he’s played a huge role in helping Arsenal have any chance of reaching European qualification.

Without his goals, Arsenal would almost certainly have slipped further down the table.

But Aubameyang and Arsenal are at a crossroads heading into the summer with a big decision to be made on his future.

The striker has just one year left on his contract at the Emirates with negotiations ongoing regarding a new deal.

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Mikel Arteta recently said he is “pretty positive” about agreeing a new deal with Aubameyang.

And the 31-year-old admitted this month that it will be the “most important decision of my career” while stating Arsenal “have the keys” to make a deal happen.

Still, with so much uncertainty surrounding Aubameyang’s future with no deal yet signed, Arsenal have begun making preparations should the forward decide to leave.

According to German outlet Bild, the Gunners hold an interest in signing Weghorst from Wolfsburg.

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It is reported they would face strong competition from Newcastle if their £300million takeover is completed.

Weghorst is said to be available at £32m, which Arsenal would likely to be able to afford if Aubameyang was sold.

The 27-year-old has impressed in his two years at Wolfsburg, scoring 33 goals in 66 games in the Bundesliga.

But Arsenal are seemingly not his first-choice should Weghorst be able to choose a destination in the Premier League.

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Speaking last month, Weghorst admitted his desire to one day play in the Premier League and hinted that his dream club would be Liverpool.

“I always found Liverpool very special. I still get goosebumps from ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’,” he said.

“There are other great English clubs too, and I always liked Milan because so many Dutch played there.”

“I am ambitious and want to get ahead. Maybe at some point play at another club, whether in Germany or in England?

“But at the moment it is still far away. I feel good and try to achieve the maximum here.”

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