Aubameyang offered Arsenal ‘escape route’ as club ‘make loan offer’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been offered an “escape route” from Arsenal as Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr are keen to sign him on loan, according to reports.

The striker has not featured for Arsenal since their game against Everton on December 6. It was later revealed that he had been stripped of the captain’s armband as a result of a “disciplinary issue”.

Aubameyang was set to play for Gabon at this month’s African Cup of Nations.

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The 32-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 though and he has since returned home. It is feared that the player has heart problems. 

CBS Sports are reporting that Al Nassr could offer Aubameyang an “escape route” from Arsenal.

The Saudi Arabian side are keen to sign the forward on loan. They “submitted their proposal” to the Gunners on Tuesday.

Al Nassr would like to take Aubameyang on loan and “they would be obliged to sign him permanently” for around £6.6m. The report adds that Arsenal are “yet to respond to the bid”.

Speaking on Wednesday, Mikel Arteta remained coy on Aubameyang’s future at Arsenal:

“He is in London and now he is going through some examinations because we haven’t had any clarity from the Gabon national team about the reasons why he came back,” Arteta said.

“It is our obligation to make sure that medically the player is safe, is in good condition.

“So far historically everything that we have done with the player he’s never had an issue so hopefully that is the case.”

The Spaniard was asked if Aubameyang will play for Arsenal again, but remained coy on the subject.

“He contracted Covid and then the national team decided to bring him back here,” he said. “We need to make sure the player’s health is in the best possible condition and then we’ll see what happens.”

Arteta is also hopeful that Thomas Partey will be available soon after Ghana were knocked out of the AFCON:

“They played last night, it was a huge disappointment for Thomas obviously because he was representing his country and in the period he had big games in the competition,” he said.

“He’s out now so he needs to be fully focused and involved with Arsenal.

“When [will he be back]? As soon as possible.”

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