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Arsenal coped well enough without captain and forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they eased to victory over Southampton.
But, while they made short work of the Saints, the man tipped as a long-term replacement for their rebellious captain was firing in the goals in Italy, to close in on a stunning Cristiano Ronaldo Serie A record.
It was a stress-free afternoon for Arsenal
Vlahovic was in very good form for Fiorentina on Saturday
Goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel saw the Gunners breeze to a 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium, however, only more questions about Aubameyang’s future will be thrown up.
Since signing a lucrative new contract in the summer of 2020, the Gabon star has suffered from a dramatic loss of form.
But more concerning are issues surrounding his attitude with Arsenal boss revealing a ‘disciplinary breach’ as the reason behind Aubameyang’s absence.
This isn’t the first time Aubameyang has been left out of an Arsenal squad having missed out on their win at home to Tottenham last season for arriving late on the day of the match.
talkSPORT’s Trevor Sinclair this incident could spell the end for the 32-year-old at Arsenal.
Aubameyang, reported to be on £250,000-a-week wages, hasn’t scored for Arsenal since October
“Disciplinary problems, missing training, not turning up for training, letting your teammates down – as a manager you need to rely on your players,” Sinclair said.
“If he’s not turning up for training, we’ve seen Arsenal do it before with Guendouzi – he was acting out of sorts, he wasn’t confirming with the way Arsenal wanted to do things, and he was out of the door before you knew it.
“It doesn’t bode well. Unless Arteta feels there’s a way back for Aubameyang, you can see this being the end of his time at Arsenal.”
If this is indeed the end for Aubameyang, who could the Gunners get as their replacement? One player they’ve been tipped to go after is Fiorentina hitman Dusan Vlahovic.
The Serbian, who’s also been linked with Manchester City and Tottenham, showed he may just have what it takes to be an asset to Premier League clubs as he fired in two goals in Fiorentina’s 4-0 thrashing of Salernitana this weekend.
The brace saw Vlahovic net his 32nd Serie A goal in 41 games in 2021, making him just the third player in Italy’s top flight in the last 60 years to score more than 30 league goals in a calendar year.
Can Vlahovic eclipse Ronaldo?
Vlahovic is just one behind record holder Cristiano Ronaldo, with two Serie A matches of 2021 left.
And Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso seems more than open to selling Vlahovic, however, he issued a warning to any interested parties.
Commisso said, per Fabrizio Romano after the match: “Clubs should open talks with us – not with his agents.”
Any interested club would have to pay big money to sign the 21-year-old, with reports Fiorentina have put a €70million [£59.7m] price tag on their star man.
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