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Arsenal scouting Saint Etienne striker

The Metro ran a report yesterday suggesting that Arsenal sent scout Gilles Grimandi to watch Saint Etienne forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action against Rennes on Friday night. This is actually the second mention of Grimandi this week – with him also having been mentioned as part of a rumoured meeting in Paris with Wenger and the agent of Auxerre forward Yaya Sanogo - so we are clearly spending a lot of time in France at the moment.  But what do we know about Aubameyang?

Well – Aubameyang is 23 years old and has apparently been dubbed “the African Neymar” thanks to his performances for his club and for the Gabon national side. He plays for Saint Etienne in Lique 1 and has scored 16 goals (so far) this season (including one in front of Grimandi the other day). He was heavily linked with Newcastle throughout the January transfer window so it wouldnt be a suprise if they submitted a new offer in the Summer. The Metro guesstimate that the figure for his signature will be around £10m as he is currently refusing to sign a new contract.

It’s probably worth saying at this point that we will have scouted Aubameyang. All of the top clubs will have heard about him and some will be taking a much closer look (Chelsea, Newcastle, both the Manchester clubs and Sp*rs have all been linked). The French market represents good market value at the moment - so more and more clubs will be watching players in the country – everyone is looking for a bargain. Aubameynag (in theory) could definitely turn out to be one of those bargains due to his blossoming reputation in France and his recent performances. But don’t get excited about the fact we have scouted him because it doesnt really mean anything when you take into account how many players we must actually scout.  Basically – I wouldnt read anything else into this for the time being……

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