Paul Merson admits he can understand why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would want to leave Arsenal amid speculation the forwards has pulled out of talks with the club over a new contract.
Aubameyang has developed into one of Arsenal’s most important players since signing from Borussia Dortmund last year, scoring an impressive 53 goals in 83 appearances.
The Gabon international’s influence at the Emirates was underlined last month when former manager Unai Emery named him Arsenal’s new captain following Granit Xhaka’s axing.
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Despite being handed the captain’s armband, Aubameyang has reportedly withdrawn from talks with Arsenal over a contract extension and is ready to leave the club next summer.
It is claimed the 30-year-old is ‘deeply frustrated’ with the club’s lack of progress and is desperate to win trophies, an unlikely scenario at the Emirates as things stand. When it was put to him that Aubameyang wanted to leave, Arsenal legend Merson told Sky Sports: ‘Of course he does.