Aubameyang-Griezmann swap; a bullet in disguise?

Arsenal have seemingly given up on tieing down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a new contract, with transfer negotiations proving unsuccessful. As expected, the transfer mills have started muting potential transfer destinations and options.

One muted transfer which has caused quite a stir is the possibility of a swap deal between Barcelona and Arsenal involving Barcelona's underperforming French forward, Antoine Griezmann and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aunameyang. On the surface, this would look like a good deal for both parties, but beyond that, it does not look advisable from an Arsenal perspective.

Antoine Griezmann is a proven performer at the very highest level, but he's best days have come while donning the Atletico Madrid shirt in Diego Simeone's 4-4-2 shape, where he partners a main striker and takes up a secondary striker position with the rights to roam the pitch.

His underperformance at Barcelona should be cause for concern to Arsenal in any potential deal. FC Barcelona, like Arsenal, do not play in a 4-4-2 shape and do not make use of a secondary striker with Messi taking up the free role at Barcelona. That has resulted in Griezmann being played in other positions such as outwide on both flanks and as a lone centre forward where he has struggled in all.

If Arsenal are to path with the talismanic Gabonese, they'd need a like-for-like replacement, which Griezmann isn't. Even if another replacement will be signed, where does that leave Griezmann? He can neither perform effectively on the flanks or as a lone centre forward so how exactly do you solve such a conundrum?

Griezmann is a big name player and one which many teams would love to have, but outside the name value, he is not what Arsenal need.

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