Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be ‘perfect’ for Chelsea, says Darren Bent, following reports linking him with a shock return to the Premier League.
The former Arsenal man joined Barcelona in January in a free transfer after falling out with manager Mikel Arteta.
The Gabon forward made a brilliant start to life at the Camp Nou, scoring 13 goals in 23 matches, however there are suggestions he could fall down the pecking order following the acquisition of Robert Lewandowski this summer.
Bent backed Aubameyang to make an immediate impact should Chelsea sign him, however, he’d rather have new Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus in his Gunners team than Aubameyang, despite his brilliant goalscoring stats for his former club.
On the possibility of Chelsea signing Aubameyang, Bent said on Drivetime: “It would be a good addition to the squad.
“One thing we know about Aubameyang is that when he goes to a new football club he hits the ground running.
“At Barcelona he’s got 11 goals in 17 league appearances. At Arsenal he got ten in his first 14 appearances. Incredible.
“He is someone who knows where the back of the net is. His goalscoring records are fantastic.
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“Chelsea need someone who’s going to stick the ball in the back of the net, that was supposed to be Romelu Lukaku last season… Mason Mount was Chelsea’s top scorer with 11, then Havertz with eight, then Lukaku with eight.
“They need to find someone who can be a main source of goals and I think Aubameyang when he gets to a new club – he’s fresh, he’s excited, he’s hungry, he will get you the goals.”
Bent added: “It went wrong at Arsenal for Aubameyang so you’d say Jesus as he’s fresh and hungry.
“I said earlier that Aubameyang’s proven. Jesus is proven but we don’t know if he can do it down the middle consistently in the Premier League for a full season. We’ve seen Aubameyang do that.
“I think where Arsenal are at right now I’d prefer Gabriel Jesus. But I think Chelsea, who really need a No.9 and someone who could stick the ball in the back of the net, he’d probably be perfect for them.”
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