Arsenal-target Aubameyang Could Return For Dortmund — Football

Arsenal-target Aubameyang Could Return For Dortmund — Football

"I want Olivier to stay".

Arsenal's club officials have been in Germany as they attempt to negotiate a deal.

"I think Alexis Sanchez has got a bit more about him but he was only operating at 75 per cent after his little mood swing, so I couldn't be happier with the situation".

Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Stoger has recalled striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back into his squad as talk of a move to Arsenal rumbles on.

BVB will apparently not accept anything less than £60 million (R1 billion) for the attacker, which could be quite a stumbling block for Arsenal.

Hans-Joachim Watske and Michael Zorc are understood to hold the opinion that it would be better for all parties involved to 'break up'.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan greets Granit Xhaka
GETTY Henrikh Mkhitaryan greets Granit Xhaka

The striker had missed the side's previous two encounters owing to disciplinary issues, and was a surprise inclusion in the line-up amid persistent links to the Gunners. There really could be some truth in this one but as long as no reliable Arsenal journalist or German media have reported the same, it cannot be completely believed.

Stoger's men have slipped to seventh in the standings but are only three points shy of second-place Eintracht Frankfurt.

"If Auba trained well all week long, if he is clear and focused, then he is an indispensable part of our squad", said Stoeger. "We must not forget that he is already in his fifth year in Dortmund". If he is not, of course we have to see that. "This has been discussed with, and accepted by, Aubameyang and his family".

"If something happens it happens, if it doesn't we are strong enough to focus on the players we have".

Dortmund are said to be increasingly annoyed by Arsenal's attitude to negotiations, and seem quite prepared to pull the plug if they feel that negotiations aren't progressing to their liking. Both need the kind of pace ahead of them that Aubameyang provides.

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