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Future at Arsenal in doubt: What next for Aubameyang after captaincy row?

11:30 PM GMT+8 18/12/2021
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal 2021-22
After losing the captain's armband in controversial fashion, the 32-year-old's future with the Gunners is now under serious doubt

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's disciplinary issues have led to him missing out on Arsenal's wins against Southampton and West Ham United, as his future at the club remains somewhat unclear.

Aubameyang, who will be leaving England for Cameroon in the coming weeks for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, is currently undergoing personalised match fitness sessions devised by the club.

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    Next for Aubameyang

    A number of Arsenal captains over the years have struggled with the responsibility of the armband and the 32-year-old is the latest.

    Speculation is on the rise regarding his future at Arsenal and GOAL takes a look at some likely scenarios available to the Gabonese forward.

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    Fill in Barcelona's search for a striker

    Aubameyang has been courting interest from a few clubs including Barcelona, with the Spanish side well in search of a forward ahead of January.

    The Catalans recently lost Sergio Aguero who had to quit active football due to health issues and are in the market for a replacement.

    Aubameyang will not come cheap, but the club's desperation for a striker could see him revive his career at Camp Nou.

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    A lucrative move to Paris Saint-Germain

    In the summer of 2020, before signing his new bumper contract with Arsenal, PSG were one of the clubs looking to land the former Saint-Etienne forward.

    With Kylian Mbappe's future at PSG still in doubt, Aubameyang could get his entourage to contact the French giants to work out a possible move.

    Mauro Icardi's time at the club could also be up in the coming transfer windows, which could make Aubameyang all the more appealing to the PSG hierarchy again.

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    Join the big rebuild at Newcastle

    The noveau-riche Newcastle United have made no secret about their plans for the coming transfer windows and continue to be linked with some big names as well.

    The Magpies will surely be able to cater to the flamboyance of the Gabonese international, who at 32, is already approaching the latter years of his career.

    Newcastle could be his biggest cash out and his opportunity to keep playing in the big leagues at the same time.

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    A return to familiar surroundings at Borussia Dortmund

    Aubameyang still remains a cult hero at Dortmund where he scored over 100 goals and won the DFB Pokal cup for the club.

    BVB are preparing to lose Erling Haaland in the summer and a return for the only striker to challenge and beat Robert Lewandowski in the Torjaegerkannone race in recent seasons could be amazing for the German side and the striker's career.

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    Fight for his Arsenal place

    Perhaps the most difficult of the lot but there's also the option of proving Arteta wrong.

    The striker chose to stay with the club despite interest from many parties in the summer, with the intention of becoming a legend at the Emirates.

    He almost single handedly delivered Arsenal's FA Cup trophy to the club and constantly challenged for the Premier League golden boot in his first two seasons, grabbing it once.

    Despite undergoing a slump in form right now, Aubameyang still remains one of the club’s most lethal goalscorers and there is no better challenge for his personality and professionalism than his current travails.

    Whatever happens, one thing is clear: the Afcon could not have come at a better time for the striker to regain the confidence he lost in the past few weeks.

    He will be leading Gabon against Comoros Islands, Morocco and Ghana in Group C as they try to cause an upset in the 33rd edition of the continental showpiece.