Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to miss Arsenal’s next FIVE matches, including the New Year’s Day clash with Manchester City, after being called up by Gabon for the Africa Cup of Nations
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already been in exile at Arsenal recently
- The Gunners striker has been frozen out of the first team for previous five games
- But Arsenal have not missed him having scored 19 goals during that period
- Striker’s future at the club is in serious doubt after being stripped of captaincy
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to miss at least Arsenal’s next five matches after being called up to the Gabon side ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.
According to the Athletic, he has already reported for international duty, meaning he is unavailable for the New Year’s Day clash against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.
The tournament in Cameroon will get underway on January 9 and even counting for just group stage matches, Aubameyang will miss at least five Gunners fixtures.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to miss Arsenal’s next five matches across all competitions
Along with the City clash there is also the two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final against Liverpool, the FA Cup third round tie against Nottingham Forest and even the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.
A Premier League clash at home to Burnley the following weekend on January 22 may also come too soon for the striker even if Gabon are knocked out of the group stage.
Should Gabon go all the way to the final on February 6, then Aubameyang could also miss the clash at Wolves on February 10.
He has not appeared in Arsenal’s last five games since being stripped of the captaincy by manager Mikel Arteta (right) following a breach of club discipline
However, Arsenal are unlikely to miss the striker too much having not played him in their last five matches since stripping him of the club captaincy for a breach of club discipline.
During that time the Gunners have won five consecutive games across all competitions while scoring 19 goals and are flying high in fourth place in the Premier League
Aubameyang may have already played his last game for Arsenal, with manager Mikel Arteta unclear over his future and there are potential suitors for a January move including Barcelona and even Newcastle United.
The striker’s future at the Emirates now looks unclear following banishment from the first team