Nicolas Pepe, an Arsenal winger, has hinted that colleague Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would stay at the club, but hasn’t given a firm response.
The 26-year-old is now in Cameroon, where he is training for Ivory Coast’s AFCON last-16 match against Egypt on Wednesday. Club concerns, on the other hand, are never far away, as he learned at the team hotel.
“Is Aubameyang leaving or is he staying?” one Arsenal supporter asked Pepe in a brief video on Twitter.
“I’m not sure,” the winger answered. “I believe he’ll remain, but I’m not sure.”
Pepe when asked if Auba is leaving.. pic.twitter.com/R2wA4PeFD6— Arsenal Council (@arsenalcouncil) January 23, 2022
Aubameyang has returned to north London after being forced to withdraw from Gabon’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign due to a coronavirus infection. Last Thursday, he was spotted in the gym again. His future, on the other hand, remains uncertain. Since losing the Arsenal captaincy in December, reports have connected him with transfers to Saudi Arabia and throughout Europe.
Al Nassr, according to numerous sources, has made a loan offer. The Saudi Arabian club will take Aubameyang on loan with the option to buy him in the summer for roughly £6.7 million.
Arsenal have not replied on the reports, and manager Mikel Arteta has declined to specify when Aubameyang would be able to practise with the team again.
“I’m not sure [whether he’ll be able to train with the squad again].” At the weekend, the Spaniard replied, “We’ll see.”
Since Arteta removed Aubameyang’s captaincy last month, he has not played for Arsenal.