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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returns to Borussia Dortmund’s starting XI amid Arsenal transfer speculation

Transfer off? Borussia Dortmund recall Arsenal target Aubameyang to starting XI
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been heavily linked with Arsenal this January (Picture: Getty)

Borussia Dortmund have named Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in their team to face Freiburg amid speculation linking the forward with an imminent move to Arsenal.

It’s understood Aubameyang has handed in a transfer request at Dortmund and the Gunners have been in advanced talks to bring the 28-year-old attacker to the Emirates since last weekend.

Arsenal have been scouring the market for Alexis Sanchez‘s long-term replacement and the north London club have dropped their interest in Bordeaux’s Malcom to pursue Aubameyang.

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Arsene Wenger has admitted that a deal is ‘far from close’ for the Gabon international but also insisted that the signing is still ‘possible’ this January.

Aubameyang has not featured for Dortmund since December 16, missing the side’s last three matches, but returned to the starting XI on Saturday afternoon.

BVB: Bürki, Sancho, Sahin, Toljan, Aubameyang, Pulisic, Kagawa, Sokratis, Piszczek, Castro, Toprak #bvbscfpic.twitter.com/fwl6Tz73hX

— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 27, 2018

Transfer off? Borussia Dortmund recall Arsenal target Aubameyang to starting XI
Peter Stoger has recalled the forward to his starting XI (Picture: Getty)

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Dortmund boss Peter Stoger hinted that Aubameyang could feature in the Bundesliga clash earlier this week.

Asked if Aubameyang could be rested to avoid injury ahead of a move, Stoger said: ‘I’ve never had this thought because the possibility that someone gets injured in training is as high as in a game.

‘I don’t leave someone out just because we have a plan to sell him. It’s not safer for the player, to leave him out but let him play in training instead.

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‘If someone is fit we will let him play.

‘So not that [leaving out Aubameyang] doesn’t cross my mind.’

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