Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be making a January move to Arsenal. According to our reliable sources, Aubameyang has declared that he won’t be making a January move to the Emirates. He also goes further to explain that he will not be leaving Borussia Dortmund soon.
“I don’t want to go to Arsenal. I won’t leave Dortmund soon,” he explained.
The Gabon international has been a long-standing target for Arsene Wenger and rumor was widespread that he was on track to become Arsenal’s first signing of the window when he missed to report for training earlier this week.
Aubameyang was not part of the team that resumed training as Dortmund returned from winter break with club’s report explaining that he was absent for personal reasons.
Initially, after rumors began to circulate with growing persistence of Aubameyang’s supposed move to the north London club, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke reacted in a manner that was surprising.
Instead of dispelling the transfer speculation as nonsense, Watzke in its place attempted to calm Dortmund fans by explaining that the club would cope with the Aubameyang departures.
“We can never believe that a club like Borussia Dortmund is dependent on a player,” he told German newspaper Bild.
Recently, the German club has earned reputation of being a selling rather than buying club when losing Robert Lewandowski, Shinji Kagawa, Nuri Sahin and Mario Gotze in four successive seasons.
“When Robert Lewandowski left, we found [solutions] and he even has three more goals than Lewa. We are now so well positioned that we can offer alternative solutions again and again.
“[We want] our team to stay together. We do not have as much money as the top stars in the Premier League, but we have a lot of other things to offer. For example our players were able to celebrate Christmas.”
Aubameyang has had a prolific season with the Bundesliga giants, scoring 24 goals in 23 grames.
Meanwhile, Aubameyang will not be available for Dortmund on Thursday, because he will be flying out to Nigeria to attend the CAF Awards in Abuja.