Wenger on Aubameyang: Arsenal deal not close

Date published: Tuesday 23rd January 2018 9:11

Arsene Wenger has poured cold water on suggestions that a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is close to completion.

Various reports have claimed that Arsenal have had a £45m offer turned down for the Borussia Dortmund striker, with the German club holding out for £60m.

There have been suggestions that a deal cannot be done without Olivier Giroud going the other way, and now Wenger has intimated that the deal is only one of several that could be completed by Arsenal this January.

Aubameyang famously formed a successful partnership with new Arsenal signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan in Dortmund and Wenger was asked on Tuesday morning if he was confident about doing a deal.

“Confident or not confident, I don’t know,” he said. “We are not close to a deal for Aubameyang with Dortmund or anybody else.

“He is one of our possible movements but there are others. The final decision is not made.

“You look at players what can they give to the team. Good players can always play together.

“We are a serious football club that has responsibilities and we want to spend the money we can afford.

“We have decisions to make. If you cannot afford, you have to say no.”

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