Arsenal line up star striker as Sanchez replacement

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The Borussia Dortmund marksman would be coming in to replace Alexis Sanchez, who is expected to join one of the Manchester giants before the transfer window shuts.

The Gunners have begun talks with Dortmund over a deal that would see the Gabon striker move to the Emirates this month.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a suitable replacement for Alexis Sanchez, as he brings surgical precision in his finishing, and is lightning fast.

They are also willing to stump up the cash to meet Sanchez's huge wage demands, as well as pay agent and signing-on fees. So they hope Dortmund accepts, and are very optimistic that this could be the case. "They think he will be a flawless replacement for Alexis and will work well with Lacazette", Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balagué said on his YouTube channel, via 90min.

"After a bleak weekend the news that a deal for Aubameyang could be near will be music to Arsenal fans ears and we have slashed the odds on the transfer significantly", said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

Just like Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan would move from a club playing in the Champions League to Arsenal in the Europa League.

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Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan played with each other for 3 years at Borussia Dortmund after both signing for the club in the summer of 2013.

The former AC Milan player reportedly handed in a transfer request yesterday to try and force a move away from the club who he has been with since 2012 and often been linked with a move away from. "They are optimistic - they think this is a deal that could be done".

It's a destination the rumor mill continuously links Aubameyang with, but only if money is his sole motivation does China become a viable option.

"Arsenal would not have been his first choice but it's very much a match of convenience".

- Only one player can have played in just the qualifying rounds of either competition. "It's an added pressure that a player doesn't need, so I think it's the best for him and for us, while the doubt is in the air, to protect him".

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