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Report: 'Phenomenal' Arsenal star shocked to be left out of Dubai squad

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been left out of the Arsenal squad that will travel to Dubai, with The Telegraph reporting that the Gunners are still working on finding a move for the striker.

Some Arsenal fans may have wondered whether Aubameyang may return from international duty with an outside chance of forcing his way back into Mikel Arteta’s plans.

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The Gunners have not scored in their last four in all competitions. And they are yet to sign a striker in the January transfer window.

However, any hopes of Aubameyang coming back into the fold look to have been dashed. The Telegraph reports that he has been told that he will not travel to Dubai with the rest of the squad.

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He will continue to work alone in London. Arsenal are working on offloading Aubameyang on loan before the deadline passes. The Telegraph notes that Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and AC Milan remain contenders for the striker.

Aubameyang meanwhile, is said to be shocked about the punishment he has faced after a breach of discipline last month. He has also been stripped of the captaincy, as well as training alone and not being left out of the mid-season trip.

Arsenal facing a desperate push to move Aubameyang on this month

It was never going to be easy to move Aubameyang on. He earns £350,000-a-week at the Emirates. Only a handful of teams could have afforded those terms before the pandemic. That list has probably only got smaller.

Arsenal are surely going to have to be prepared to cover a large portion of his wages. And even then, finding a suitor is still going to be difficult. He had not been in the best form.

His stock has fallen considerably since he signed his new contract. Arteta labelled him a ‘phenomenal‘ player before that was agreed.

Now however, Arteta feels that taking Jack Wilshere to Dubai would be a better move than the player who was captaining Arsenal less than two months ago.

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