TalkSPORT pundit believes 'brilliant' player can prove people wrong if he joins Chelsea
Former Gunner midfielder Ray Parlour believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be a “good signing” for Chelsea which could spell trouble for his former club Arsenal.
Catalan-based outlet Sport claims that the 33-year-old has already given the green light for the potential transfer to Stamford Bridge amid negotiations between Chelsea and Barcelona.
The presence of Thomas Tuchel, whom Aubameyang has worked with at Borussia Dortmund, is said to be key to the striker’s decision despite his initial doubts about returning to the Premier League.
Parlour, who clearly impressed by Aubameyang’s spell at Arsenal, is convinced that the player would make an instant impact in west London.
“For me, it’s a no-brainer for Chelsea, it really is,” the former England international told talkSPORT about Aubameyang’s potential Chelsea move.
“[Timo] Werner has gone back to RB Leipzig, so they’re lacking goals.
“So Aubameyang will definitely score. Before he signed his new contract at Arsenal, he was brilliant. He won the FA Cup for Arsenal on his own.
“So he’d be a good signing, if you can get him for one season, he’ll be coming back to prove people wrong that’s what he’ll be trying to do.”
Parlour added that many Arsenal fans would not be “too happy” to see the Gabonese striker in blue.
“[Chelsea are] Arsenal’s rivals, that’s who they’re going to be competing with if they’re going to try and get in that top four this season,” he explained.
Aubameyang potentially ideal Chelsea striking option for Tuchel
Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez insisted on Saturday that he still counts on Aubameyang for Barcelona’s upcoming game against Real Sociedad.
He admitted, however, that he remains unsure whether the striker, who racked up 11 goals in 13 La Liga starts in the second half of last season, will stay at Barcelona this summer.
Aubameyang’s pace and mobility arguably make him an ideal centre-forward option in Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system at Chelsea, which clearly did not suit a more traditional number nine type like Romelu Lukaku.
In the last two games, Tuchel deployed Raheem Sterling, who is naturally a left winger, as a false nine, which suggests the manager’s lack of options in this role.