Bakary Sako reveals he is trying to persuade Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to rejoin Saint-Etienne but admits it will be ‘difficult’ to convince the former Arsenal captain to return
- Bakary Sako is trying to get Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to rejoin Saint-Etienne
- Aubameyang previously played for Saint-Etienne between 2011 and 2013
- The striker is out of favour at Arsenal after he was stripped of the captaincy
Bakary Sako has revealed that he is attempting to encourage Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to rejoin Saint-Etienne.
Aubameyang’s Arsenal future is shrouded in doubt after he was stripped of the captaincy for disciplinary reasons.
The 32-year-old hasn’t played for Arsenal since December 6 and it is possible that he could leave the club in the January transfer window.
Bakary Sako is trying to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to rejoin Saint-Etienne
Sako recently rejoined Saint-Etienne and played with Aubameyang during his first spell at the club
Sako returned to Saint-Etienne recently and played alongside Aubameyang during his initial stint at the club.
Former Wolves, Crystal Palace and West Brom winger Sako wants to be reunited with Aubameyang but admits that it will be difficult to convince him to join.
Speaking at a press conference, as reported by Get French Football News, Sako said: ‘I am trying to attract him… Wouldn’t you like to see Aubameyang back at St Etienne? We all feel the same. I am very serious when I tell him to come, even if it is in a joking tone.
‘I don’t know if it is possible, but I hope he will respond favourably. It is difficult because he has been at Arsenal for a long time, it is not easy to leave London.’
Saint-Etienne face a battle to avoid relegation from Ligue 1 – they are currently bottom of the table having taken just twelve points from 19 games.
Aubameyang has been frozen out at Arsenal and hasn’t played for the club since December 6
The Gabon striker joined Saint-Etienne on loan in 2011 before making the move permanent
Bringing in Aubameyang would certainly give the club a significant boost, but the transfer appears somewhat unrealistic.
Aubameyang initially joined Saint-Etienne on loan from AC Milan in 2011 and then made the move permanent, remaining with the French club until 2013, when he signed for Borussia Dortmund.
During his time at Saint-Etienne Aubameyang made a major impact as he scored 41 goals in 97 appearances.
Given that he is out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta, Arsenal have allowed Aubameyang to link up with Gabon already ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The tournament take place in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 and January could prove to be a busy month for Aubameyang as there is a chance of him being involved in a transfer.
Since joining Arsenal in January 2018, Aubameyang has found the net 92 times in 163 games, but he may now not get the opportunity to reach the landmark of 100 goals for the club.