Football writer Chris Wheatley has revealed that Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not close to leaving the club – but he is ‘considering’ a move to Al Nassr.
Having been stripped of the club captaincy earlier on this season, it looks as though the striker’s career in north London is set for a disappointing end.
One possible destination for the 32-year-old could be the Saudi Arabian club, who reportedly offered to take Aubameyang on loan until the end of the season – while also including an obligation to buy him this summer.
Now, while speaking on prominent Arsenal YouTuber Bhavs’ channel, Wheatley has claimed that the move may not suit the forward or his family, but he’s yet to make a final call on the decision.
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He said: “Is he close [to leaving]? Not really, because Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants to stay in Europe. He’s weighing up that offer from Al Nassr, I think it is, in the Middle East.
“I don’t think right now it’s a move that suits him and his family, from speaking people close to him. But at the same time, it’s certainly an offer that they’re considering.
“We know that Pierre-Emerick Abameyang likes Dubai, of course, he likes that kind of area. But at the same time, at 32 years old, I’m not sure it’s the right step for him in his career right now.”
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This season, Aubameyang has struggled for form. Before being dropped by Mikel Arteta, he had scored just four league goals in 14 league outings.
Despite that, as Wheatley suggests, he may still feel as though he has plenty to offer at another European club. Despite his recent drop-off, there should be little doubting the striker’s goalscoring ability. After all, he scored 142 goals for Borussia Dortmund and has nearly 100 for the Gunners.
With that in mind, perhaps another club will make an offer for him in the final week of January and that will be enough to tempt the 32-year-old away from north London.