Manchester United and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer with Arsenal exit on the cards

Arteta quizzed about Aubameyang as Arsenal defeat West Ham

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently facing a fight to save his Arsenal career. Having been stripped of the captaincy, the Gabon international is training by himself after breaching a list of rules put in place by Mikel Arteta. Over the years, Manchester United have been regularly linked – more so than other teams in the Premier League.

Aubameyang has scored seven goals for Arsenal this season, the same amount as fellow top scorer Emile Smith Rowe.

However, the Gabon international’s future at the club is now uncertain after he angered Arteta by returning late from a trip abroad.

Arsenal opted to strip him of the captaincy in light of his latest discipline breach, releasing a cutting statement that read: “Following his latest disciplinary breach last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer be our club captain, and will not be considered for selection for Wednesday’s match against West Ham United.

“We expect all our players, particularly our captain, to work to the rules and standards we have all set and agreed.”

To make matters worse for Aubameyang, he’s now training alone.

And with the Arsenal star’s fortunes deteriorating by the day, a move away from the Emirates Stadium is a genuine possibility.

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One club who could make a move, if previous reports are anything to go by, are Manchester United.

They were linked with Aubameyang while he was scoring goals galore for Borussia Dortmund, only for Arsenal to acquire the hitman in January 2018.

They did so after United chose to sign Alexis Sanchez, who ended up being a massive flop – netting just five times for the Red Devils before leaving for Inter Milan.

But links to Aubameyang have continued throughout his Arsenal career.

In June 2019, at a time where the Arsenal star had just two years left on his contract, talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein claimed United were planning to go after the striker.

“I’ve got someone on the inside, who every so often would tell me transfer gossip,” Goldstein said at the time.

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“I would say he’s got a quite high hit ratio… 75 to 25 per cent.

“He told me about Anthony Martial, which I tweeted two days before Man United even made their approach.

“He has told me United are interested in Aubameyang. He’s got two years left on his deal, is 30-years-old… he’s the finished article.

“United did something similar with [Robin] van Persie, and Romelu Lukaku is not doing it for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“I think it’s crazy money for a 30-year-old… £70million first offer.”

Tuttosport then went as far to say Aubameyang had agreed a move to Old Trafford, at a time where Romelu Lukaku was nearing a move to Inter Milan.

Things then went quiet again.

But as 2020 came around, and Aubameyang had 18 months left on his contract, the rumours picked up again.

Catalan newspaper Sport said that United had directly approached the former Dortmund marksman in hope of securing his signature.

And there were some who genuinely expected Aubameyang to follow in the footsteps of Sanchez and Robin van Persie by swapping the Emirates Stadium for Old Trafford.

Now, with Aubemeyang down in the dumps in north London, it’ll be interesting to see if United make a move.

Especially with two of their own strikers facing uncertain futures under Ralf Rangnick.

Edinson Cavani is being linked with a move to Barcelona, who are on the lookout for a replacement for Sergio Aguero in the wake of the Argentine’s retirement.

And Anthony Martial could leave the club behind having struggled for action under both Rangnick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far.

Aubameyang, for his part, is keeping a low profile.

But all signs point to him leaving Arsenal, perhaps even in January, with his relationship with Arteta crumbling.

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