Mikel Arteta 'draws up four-man shortlist to replace Aubameyang'

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta ‘draws up four-man shortlist to replace Gunners outcast Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’ with Ollie Watkins, Alexander Isak, Dusan Vlahovic and Dominic-Calvert Lewin ‘all on their radar’

  • Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang looks likely to leave Arsenal by the summer
  • Arsenal could also lose Alexandre Lacazette who is in the last year of his deal 
  • Mikel Arteta has penned up a four-man shortlist of potential striker targets   

Arsenal are preparing for life without Pierre Emerick Aubameyang as manager Mikel Arteta has reportedly drawn up a four-man shortlist of potential replacements.

Aubameyang hasn’t played for the Gunners since a disciplinary breach led to him being excluded from the squad by Arteta who also stripped him of the captain’s armband.

The 32-year-old has missed Arsenal’s last five games and is now with the Gabon squad ahead of the forthcoming African Cup of Nations.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might have played his last game as an Arsenal player

Mikel Arteta is eyeing up a list of potential replacements for the former Arsenal captain

With Aubameyang’s Arsenal career seemingly in its final stretch, ESPN have reported that the Gunners are planning for the future and have cut their list of targets for the striker position to just four players.

Among the list of targets is Aston Villa star Ollie Watkins and Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Watkins, a boyhood Arsenal fan, has scored 21 goals in 55 appearances since he joined Villa last season.

Ollie Watkins is an Arsenal fan and can play in a number of positions across the front-line

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin would offer a different type of threat for the Gunners

Arteta is said to be impressed with his playing style and his versatility to play in a number of positions. 

Calvert-Lewin scored three goals in as many games for Everton at the start of the season but has been out ever since due to a fractured toe. 

Also on the shortlist is Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic is one of the most in-demand strikers across Europe at present having scored 18 goals in 20 appearances for the Italian side this season.

The forward has just 18 months remaining on his current deal, with no intention of staying with the Italian club.

Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic (left) and Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak (right) are also on Arteta’s shortlist

Arteta’s final target is Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak who impressed at Euro 2020 with Sweden.

Isak scored 17 league goals last season but has scored just seven goals in 21 games across all competitions during the current campaign.

Arteta could find it tough to acquire any of the players during the January transfer window and could have to wait until the summer.

Arsenal might also lose Alexandre Lacazette at the end of the season – with the Frenchman in the final year of his contract.  

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