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Aubameyang could become latest Arsenal casualty as Arteta’s new plan emerges

Arsenal have lost both of their Premier League games so far this season and there is increasing pressure for Mikel Arteta to make further signings before the deadline

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Arsenal will not stand in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s way if he finds another club willing to take on his wages, according to reports.

Aubameyang has endured the most difficult 12 months of his Gunners career, having signed a bumper new contract in September last year.

Since then, the 32-year-old has struggled in front of goal, scoring just 15 times last term and had bouts of malaria and Covid-19.

Disciplinary issues have also reared their heard, with Arteta leaving him out of the derby against Tottenham in March for what was described as a ‘breach of pre-match protocol’.

His positive coronavirus test meant that Aubameyang has been limited to just 20 minutes in the opening two games of Arsenal ’s season.



Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a move away
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The club captain was completely ruled out of the defeat to Brentford, while his late cameo against Chelsea wasn’t enough to turn the tide.

And with Mikel Arteta facing increasing pressure to sign more players before the August 31 deadline, a number of players, including Aubameyang, could be moved on.

The Telegraph report that while the forward remains in Arteta’s plans, he is no longer deemed indispensable should an appropriate offer come in.









His huge £250,000-per-week salary means it remains unlikely he will be sold before August 31, but the mere fact that Arsenal are open to his exit shows how far his stock has plummeted.

Before signing his new deal, Aubameyang had been linked with a host of Europe’s top clubs, before ultimately deciding to stick in north London.

“Signing for this special club was never in doubt,” he said at the time. “I believe in Arsenal. We can achieve big things together. We have something exciting here and I believe the best is to come for Arsenal.”



Arsenal will reportedly not stand in Aubameyang’s way if a suitable offer comes in




Less than a year on and success under Arteta seems some time away unless a number of improvements to the starting XI can be made.

The report suggests that Arsenal are open to selling a huge portion of their first-team stars before the deadline, with Sead Kolasinac, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles the most likely.

However, Bernd Leno, Alexandre Lacazette and Willian are also available to clubs, although similarly to Aubameyang, their high contracts will make any moves extremely difficult.







Arteta would like to bring in another right-back and striker before the end of the month, but he knows there must be outgoings before any more signings.

Tammy Abraham had been on their radar earlier this summer, but after failing to offload Alexandre Lacazette, they were unable to pursue a deal.

Arsenal face Championship high-fliers West Brom in the EFL Cup in midweek, before facing up to the daunting task of taking on Manchester City at The Etihad next Saturday.




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