Arsenal outcast Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be on his way out of the club following discipline breaches that caused him to be stripped of the team captaincy.
Following Arsenal‘s 3-0 win over Southampton in December, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirmed the reason for Aubameyang’s omission from the squad but refused to be drawn on details before The Athletic reported it was because he returned late from an authorised trip abroad.
It wasn’t the first time Arteta had dropped Aubameyang for disciplinary reasons as the Gabon international missed the win over rivals Tottenham in March for a “breach of pre-match protocol” – and now Aubameyang has been stripped of the captain’s armband.
Now The Telegraph has reported that the Gabon international could be set for a move out of North London with Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr. The deal is reportedly for an initial loan spell but includes an option to buy Aubameyang for £6.5 million further down the line.
While the terms of the deal might seem small fry in comparison to what players of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s stature generally go for, the appeal of wiping his quarter of a million pounds a week wages from their books might appeal to the Gunners hierarchy.
Aubameyang recently returned from the African Nations Cup where he was playing with Gabon after “heart lesions” were found on a medical scan.