Dortmund hit out at Wenger over Aubameyang


Borussia Dortmund reignited their interest in Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as they seek a replacement for Gunners-bound Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reports the Daily Mail.

Aubameyang was the Bundesliga's leading goalscorer last season, finishing the campaign with 31 goals and has hit 13 in 15 games this term.

Arsenal are interested in signing the Gabon worldwide this month as they look to replace Alexis Sanchez as he prepares to make his move to Manchester United.

The striker has been axed from the Dortmund squad to face Hertha Berlin on Friday night
The striker has been axed from the Dortmund squad to face Hertha Berlin on Friday night

Goal understands Aubameyang has reached a personal agreement with the Gunners already, just days after Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has dismissed claims that the striker is on his way out and branded Arsene Wenger "disrespectful" for his suggestion that secret negotiations were ongoing.

Arsenal have reportedly had a first offer of 50 million euros ($61.1 million) for Aubameyang rejected by his German club Borussia Dortmund, according to Kicker magazine on Saturday. Professionalism is part of that and also saying in one or two situations that a mistake was made.

Aubameyang is being disciplined by Dortmund for the third time in 16 months after he missed a team meeting last weekend. "If he can help, he can offer himself up again".

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The Gabonese forward was expected to return to the squad for Dortmund's 1-1 draw against Hertha Berlin on Friday (19 January) after Peter Stoger revealed that he was back in training. "As a result, I now have the opinion, that it is not so important to him that he is not so focused". "We have many challenges, it is hard at the moment, but as well very exciting because we have many challenges in front of us and we can come back in the Champions League."Wenger hopes the closing of the transfer window on January 31 will provide Arsenal with clarity and a renewed focus". Meanwhile, the want-away forward was seen playing five-a-side with his mates at the same time.

Andre Schurrle, who started up front in Aubameyang's place, admitted the speculation has unsettled the Dortmund team.

"Of course it is a big issue within the team", the German global said.

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Dortmund are set to welcome back U.S. global midfielder Christian Pulisic, while new central defender Manuel Akanji could feature against Hertha.

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