Arsenal Reveal Decision On Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Loan Switch To Barcelona
The Gabon international has emerged as a target for the Catalan giants as they hunt a replacement for the injured Luis Suarez.
Barcelona have emerged as potential suitors for the 30-year-old, however.
The Catalan giants will be without Suarez for four months months, with the Uruguay international having undergone an operation on an injury to the lateral meniscus in his right knee.
Barcelona have Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann capable of spearheading their side in the absence of Suarez.
But that hasn’t stopped them from eyeing an audacious loan deal for Aubameyang.
However, reports claim that Arsenal’s hierarchy are set to be angry at Barcelona for their transfer stance.
And they’re still hopeful of keeping the former Borussia Dortmund star beyond the current campaign.
Aubameyang’s contract at the Emirates expires at the end of next season.
With Arsenal likely to finish outside of the top four, he’s been tipped to leave in order to join a Champions League club.
But the Gunners, it seems, still believe they have a shot of keeping Aubameyang in north London.
The forward recently addressed speculation over his future, saying: “I would also like to react to some of the rumours that are going around about me in the media.
“People like making up stories and they should focus on what’s happening on the pitch.
“They talk too much and it does my head in! I am the Arsenal captain. I love this club.
“I am committed to it and desperate to bring it back to the top, where it belongs.”
Arsenal boss Arteta was delighted with Aubameyang’s words, adding: “I was thrilled about that and really happy.
“His commitment since the day I walked through that door has been phenomenal, the work he has been putting in, his attitude around the place with the players.
“He has done it (ended speculation), I do it, I want him here and I am so happy with him, so hopefully that is the end of the story.”