According to the latest wave of bets to inundate the odds gurus at bwin.com, the sting of being rejected by a former non-league player isn’t strong enough to knock Arsenal’s confidence in the transfer market.
Jamie Vardy spurned the Gunners’ advances to extend his contract with Premier League champions Leicester City, but the punters don’t think the north Londoners’ will dwell on this disappointment as they look to augment their attacking artillery.
It was reported a few weeks ago that Bundesliga goal machine Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the subject of a bid from Manchester City, but now it seems Arsenal are contenders in the race to sign the Gabonese marksman.
Following news that Vardy would be remaining at the King Power Stadium, bwin bookies were forced to slash the price on Aubameyang moving to the Emirates from the 12/1 it was at the start of the week into 4/1 thanks to a surge of wagers placed on the deal being done.
The Citizens’ hesitancy with regards to completing the transfer reportedly revolves around an unwillingness to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £65m valuation of the player, but with Arsenal’s desperation for an elite goalscorer on the rise, the bettors reckon Arsene Wenger will comply with Die Schwarzgelben’s demands.
Doing so would shatter the British transfer record, but if the 27-year-old could post a goal tally close to the 37 he managed in all competitions last time around, even the notoriously frugal Frenchman would surely consider it money well spent.
Glenn Woodage, bookmaker at bwin, said:
“With Vardy turning his nose up at Arsenal to remain at Leicester, the pressure is on Wenger to deliver his first world-class striker since Robin van Persie. Aubameyang’s move to City is stalling and Arsenal are good value to swoop in and snatch him from beneath Guardiola’s nose.”