– ‘Crazy kid’ –
Aubameyang departed Dortmund with hurt feelings all around following his suspension by the club for a match against Wolfsburg after missing a team meeting.
That wasn’t the only transgression from the self-confessed “crazy kid”, but Aubameyang could be tamed by a reunion with fellow new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
In the last season that Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan played together at Dortmund in 2015-16, they combined for 59 goals and 31 assists.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 1, 2018
That rapport explains why Arsenal’s chief scout Sven Mislintat, who previously worked for Dortmund and helped bring Aubameyang to Germany, was reportedly pushing Wenger to pair them again in north London.
Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal as part of Sanchez’s move to United and should make his home debut alongside Aubameyang on Saturday.
Everton’s visit also offers Walcott a chance to prove Wenger wrong after the Frenchman sold the England winger for £20 million earlier this month.
Walcott, gradually frozen out by Wenger over the last year, scored his first goals for Everton on Wednesday as his brace in their 2-1 win over Leicester ended his new team’s run of seven games without victory.
The 28-year-old, who spent 12 years with Arsenal, said: “When I came to Everton I said I wanted to be part of something which I felt can move to the next level and pushing more so next season but have a good end to this season.
“For me personally to score my first goals at Goodison Park was fantastic and to get the win was the most important thing because it was much needed.
“The work-rate has always been there, that is what I am about. I’m a so-called old-school winger, up and down and working hard for the team.”