Arsene Wenger says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can fit in at Arsenal despite suggestions the Gabon international has been a difficult character to manage.
The Gunners are believed to be eyeing the 29-year-old as a possible replacement for Alexis Sanchez and aren’t put off by apparent disciplinary problems at Borussia Dortmund – the striker was recently dropped for the second time this season after missing a team meeting.
While coy on the link with Aubameyang, Wenger was clear that he does not question the player’s character.
“I have nothing to add to that,” replied Wenger when asked about possible negotiations.
“This kind of things, it’s better when it’s secret and you don’t come out on it. Announce it, when it’s over the line..apart from the deal we just spoke about, Sanchez – Mkhitaryan, that could happen. Nothing else is close.”
Asked if the player would fit in at London Colney, he added: “Yes, because character can be a very positive note and a very negative note.
“I believe overall, you look at the achievement of the player over his career and usually when the career has been very positive, the character has been used in a positive way.”
It’s not like ‘difficult’ characters have put off Wenger in the past. Sylvain Wiltord went on strike at Bordeaux to seal a move to Arsenal while the likes of Anelka, Sanchez, Adebayor and others have all scored bucketloads of goals for the Gunners despite suggestions they upset squad harmony.