Arsenal News: The Gunners could have reportedly signed Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauro Icardi in January. The Parisians wanted to swap the striker for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gunners mutually terminated the contract of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January. The striker reportedly had a fallout with Mikel Arteta in December following a “disciplinary breach”.
Following this, the Arsenal manager refused to include Aubameyang in his squad. Things got so worse that the Gabonese striker was stripped of the captaincy and was not even allowed to train with the first-team squad.
As a result of this, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed his transfer to Spanish giants, FC Barcelona on the transfer deadline day. The former Arsenal captain even took a pay cut to secure the move to the Blaugrana. The Gunners reportedly paid £8m to terminate Aubameyang’s contract with the club.
As per Team talk, Arsenal had a chance to sign Mauro Icardi from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. The French club wanted Aubameyang on a swap deal, but the Gunners didn’t go ahead with the transfer.
Arsenal were in search of a striker in the January transfer window. They had made Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic as their prime target. But the Serbian striker chose to move to Juventus instead.
The Gunners were also linked with Alexander Isak, Jonathan David, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. But Arsenal could not complete a signing. Hence, they would have to rely on Alexandre Lacazette for the rest of the season.
As per reports, PSG had offered to give Mauro Icardi to Arsenal in exchange for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But the Gunners did not have the 28-year-old in their plans. Owing to this, the North London club did not agree on the deal.
Mauro Icardi initially joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2019. Since then, the Argentinian has played 87 games for the French clubs. In this, Icardi has scored 38 goals for the Parisians.
The Argentinian was a part of Inter Milan before joining PSG. At the Serie A giants, Icardi scored 124 goals in 219 appearances for the Black and Blues. Hence, there is no doubt that Mauro Icardi would have been vital for Arsenal if they had signed him.
Arsenal are currently in the race for the top four berth. The Gunners have not played in the Champions League since 2017. Hence, Mikel Arteta is motivated to be the first manager to lead them to the competition since Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners have struggled to find goals since January and hence it is expected that Mikel Arteta could change his formation. Both Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli have proven themselves in front of the goal. Hence, it has to be seen if Arteta would play either one of them as a striker or a false nine.
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