Former Arsenal captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang remains completely out of the picture under Mikel Arteta, with the club hoping to offload him before the end of January transfer window
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is facing further Arsenal humiliation after being excluded from their mid-season training camp in Dubai, with players not contracted to the club preferred.
The former captain has been ostracised from the main group by Mikel Arteta, who stripped him of the armband following an alleged disciplinary breach.
Arteta has remained coy over if, and when Aubameyang will come back into the fold, with his stance within the Arsenal squad looking increasingly fragile.
After being forced to return home from the Africa Cup of Nations early after a test by the Gabon football federation found he had ‘cardiac lesions’.
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Aubameyang was already ruled out of his nation’s opening games of the tournament, before his competition was completely ended shortly after.
The 32-year-old is now back in the capital and has offered an update to fans, playing down any concerns over his long-term future in the game.
“Hi guys, I came back to London to do some additional checks, and I’m very happy to say that my heart is absolutely fine and I’m completely healthy,” he said on social media last week.
“Really appreciate all the messages over the last few days and I’m already back at it.”
However, Arteta hardly welcomed him back to north London, admitting he was unsure why he had even returned from Cameroon.
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“He’s in London. Now he’s going through some examinations because we haven’t had any clarity from the Gabon national team about the reasons why he’s come back,” the Spaniard explained.
“It’s our obligation to make sure he’s in a good condition and there’s no issues related to that.”
However, despite the player appearing to be fit and ready to resume training, the Gunners have made the decision to not include him for their warm weather camp this week.
That decision comes despite the fact that Jack Wilshere will travel, even though he does not have a contract with the club.
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Arsenal are reportedly desperate to ship out Aubameyang before the end of the window, either on-loan, or on a permanent deal.
Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr have lodged an approach to sign the striker until the end of the season, an offer firmly rejected by the player himself.
He looks set to refuse any move that will take him out of Europe, drastically reducing the avenues Arsenal can take to get him out of the Emirates before next week’s deadline.
The Gunners are hoping to sign a replacement for the ex-Dortmund star, but have thus far been left frustrated after approaches for Dusan Vlahovic and Alexander Isak.
Arteta had earmarked Fiorentina star Vlahovic as his top target, but he is now closing in on a move to Juvents, while Isak has reservations about moving to the Emirates this month.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is another potential alternative, although the Toffees are unwilling to sell this month, instead demanding well over £50million in the summer.
Mikel Arteta met with Gunners owner Stan Kroenke at the start of this week, with discussions over the budget for a new striker believed to be top of the agenda.
The two Arsenal bosses linked up in Colorado, Denver, on Monday, before Arteta joins the rest of his squad – with the exception of Aubameyang – in Dubai.
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