New Arsenal Skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Linked With Away Move To Barcelona

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Arsenal face a major fight to hold onto their Gabonese striker with Barcelona monitoring the player ahead of the transfer window reopening in January as they seek a replacement for Luis Suarez. With the promise of a Champions League place, a strong point for the Catalans.

The report has claimed that the 27-year-old is anxious about losing his place in the Gunners' first team and subsequently a squad in the Switzerland national football squad for the Euro 2020 finals next summer.

In the mean time, Xhaka has continued to train, but The Times report that he is increasingly concerned a lack of club games will have a detrimental effect on his chances of playing for Switzerland at Euro 2020, and could ask for a transfer regardless of Arsenal's decision. That is, of course, if they fail to sign a new contract with the club.

According to the newspaper, Aubameyang's representatives have made it clear to Barcelona that Madrid are keen on the player.

The Gabonese goal-machine is yet to commit his future at the North London club.

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Much was expected of the 24-year-old after a superb 2018-19 campaign at Stade Pierre Mauroy, during which he contributed 22 goals and 11 assists in 38 Ligue 1 appearances to help Christophe Galtier's side finish second in the final standings.

Since the incident, Xhaka has not featured for Arsenal and has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy.

Arsenal could now offload Xhaka in January and it is unclear if the 27-year-old will play again for the Gunners.

It was even stated that Aubameyang has a clause on his deal at Arsenal that they must qualify for next Champions League or he leaves. He apparently will be fighting for his future when Arsenal play Leicester City on Saturday.

"You have to be thinking that Arsenal must be looking for people now".

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