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Saturday 21 July 2018

Aubameyang gets closer to Emirates deal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been left out of Borussia Dortmund's squad to face Hertha Berlin tonight as the German club believe he is "not fully focussed".

The 28-year-old  Aubameyang was the Bundesliga's top goalscorer last season as he finished the campaign with 31 goals and has hit 13 in 15 games so far this year.

The Gabon striker has been suspended twice by Dortmund this season for disciplinary reasons and sporting director Michael Zorc revealed that he will not travel to Berlin.

"He will train in Dortmund," Zorc said.

He added: "We have the impression at the moment that he has his head on other things and is not fully focused."

Wenger, who is expecting to lose Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan coming the other way in an exchange deal, upset the Dortmund hierarchy when he spoke about the links with Aubameyang ahead of Saturday's visit of Crystal Palace.

"I have nothing to add to that," Wenger said when asked if the player could be on his way to Arsenal.

"These kind of things, it's better when it's secret and when you don't come out on it, and when you announce it when it's over the line."

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