Mikel Arteta previews Arsenal's clash with Liverpool
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Arsenal are ready to negotiate around the loan offer they received from Al-Nassr for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Express Sport understands. The Gunners have finally received an official proposal for their 32-year-old striker, who has not played for Mikel Arteta’s side since being stripped of the captaincy in December.
Aubameyang recently jetted off to Cameroon to join up with Gabon ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.
However, disaster soon struck when the forward tested positive for COVID-19 after spending some time in Dubai.
Since then, Aubameyang has worryingly been sent back to London for further medical tests following a brief scare surrounding checks on his heart.
The forward is still being checked on but in the background, there has been movement on his future.
Saudi side Al-Nassr are prepared to take him on loan with an obligation to buy worth around £7million.
Express Sport understands Arsenal are still weighing up the offer and will attempt to negotiate with the Middle East outfit in a bid to potentially secure the best deal possible.
There has also been talk that Al Hilal could soon enter the running.
For now though, the player’s health is the priority and Aubameyang wants to get back to full fitness following a brief spell away from the limelight.
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Arteta said on his player: “We have problems that are already complicated to solve, then on top of that there are rumours.
“In short, we have health to take care of first and foremost. I won’t go back on these false rumours and I sincerely hope that our team will go as far as possible.”
Aubameyang’s departure could help Arsenal in their pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic.
Although convincing the forward and his reps remains the issue, Aubameyang is comfortably the club’s top earner on £250,000 per week.
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Getting him off the wage bill would free up more cash to spend with a new No 9 firmly on the agenda.
Other options include Everton and England’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Real Sociedad forward Alexander Isak.
Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are currently on course to depart at the end of the season having failed to agree new contracts.
A midfielder is also on Arsenal’s list of priorities with Arthur Melo the club’s top target in that department.
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