It was the biggest story of the January transfer window.
Everyone was debating who “won” out of the striker transfer triangle involving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi.
As it turns out, everyone was a winner.
None of the clubs will be checking down the back of the sofa for the receipt after the high-profile merry-go-round between Arsenal, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund.
The players will have no complaints either, as all three have been doing what they’re best at since their transfers, hitting the back of the net.
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Pierre-Emerick-Aubameyang from Dortmund to Arsenal
The Gunners broke their transfer record for the second time in as many windows by signing one of Europe’s most clinical strikers.
There were some initial doubts over the signing of Aubameyang, with the striker’s attitude away from the pitch putting off some potential suitors.
Many found it unusual how no other club was in for the Dortmund man, especially given the previous Real Madrid rumours.
As it turns out, Wenger pulled off one of the signings of the season (and beyond).
The Gabon captain has so far been involved in 12 goals in 11 appearances for the Gunners, scoring eight and providing four assists.
UEFA rules meant Aubameyang was cup-tied for Arsenal’s Europa League campaign.
The Gunners fell short in the semi-final, and we may never know if the added firepower of Aubameyang could have led them to European glory.
The striker has done more than impress on the pitch, he’s given fans excitement for next season, with the prospect of a mouthwatering partnership with Alexandre Lacazette giving many a reason to hope for the best.
Olivier Giroud from Arsenal to Chelsea
Credit to Giroud, he’s made this one work himself.
The Frenchman has capitalised on the poor form/injury of Alvaro Morata and given Antonio Conte a real selection headache since he joined the Blues.
The rumour was that the Frenchman turned down a move to Dortmund as part of the Aubameyang deal and decided to stay in London instead.
It initially looked as though the striker was just moving from one bench to another, finding himself as a bit-part player at Stamford Bridge.
The target man took his chances however and has proved vital for Chelsea in their battle for the top four, his winner against Liverpool on Sunday was his third league goal for the Blues in 11 appearances.
Giroud has definitely done enough to earn his place in France’s World Cup squad, which might have evaded him had he remained in North London.
Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea to Dortmund
Batshuayi arrived at Dortmund with a point to prove and he has done just that.
The Belgium scored nine times in 14 games since joining on loan, including a dramatic 91st-minute winner in Dortmund’s Europa League last-32 tie against Atalanta.
The 24-year-old was revitalising his career after a frustrating stint at Stamford Bridge, in which he scored a respectable number of goals considering his limited playing time.
Batshuayi’s fine form came to a grinding halt after he had to be stretched off during Dortmund’s derby with Schalke in April.
The Belgian has been out of action since the ankle injury and now faces a race to be fit for the World Cup.
Dortmund will surely try to make the loan move for Batshuayi permanent in the summer.
He’s great on Twitter too…
Football works in mysterious ways and somehow this holy trinity of strikers has worked out a treat for all involved.
Everyone’s a winner!
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