Arsenal consider re-signing £48m-rated striker amid Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang concerns

Arsenal are considering former striker Donyell Malen as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Emirates Stadium bosses are sweating on Aubameyang’s future amid concerns a lack of Champions League football could push the Gabonese forward to the exit door.

Malen, 21, quit Arsenal for PSV Eindhoven in 2017 in a £500,000 deal and his career has since gone from strength to strength.

A total of 10 goals in 31 Eredivise appearances last term saw him emerge as one to watch but it is his form this term which has earned international honours, scoring 11 times in just 14 league games.

According to Le 10 Sport, Arsenal bosses are tracking Malen, who is valued at €56million (£48m) by PSV.

AC Milan are also interested in the Netherlands international but a serious knee injury is likely to see him miss the rest of the campaign.

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Malen underwent surgery in January and has only a slim chance of returning to full fitness in time for Euro 2020.

A lack of first-team opportunities prompted Malen to depart north London in 2017 after two years at the club.

Speaking about his decision to leave, he told De Telegraaf: “That I was sent away from Arsenal is certainly not true.

“I still had a contract for a year and Arsenal even wanted to extend that.

“I don’t play football for the money. I never did that. Otherwise I would not have left England.


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“There are stories that I was not fit when I came to Arsenal. But I have never been too fat, that really is a nonsense story.

“It may sound silly, but I may have learned the most from the young boys such as Reiss Nelson.

“They were used to a completely different kind of football, really that English style.”

The more pressing matter for Arsenal chiefs, however, is the future of Aubameyang.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan have been linked with the 30-year-old, who is yet to agree a contract extension with his current deal set to expire in less than 18 months.

Despite the question marks over his future, Aubameyang has publicly admitted he is happy at the club.

“I try to always be ready, whatever happens,” he told the Premier League.

“I am a guy who tries to be always ready.

“I love the fans here and when I was younger I used to watch Arsenal because they had always great players, and yeah they won trophies as well.

“So I think it’s really a pleasure to be here, I’m really happy. I think that’s the feeling.”

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