The 32-year-old was stripped of the club’s captaincy earlier this week after failing to return on time from an authorised trip abroad.
It’s far from the first disciplinary breach from Aubameyang and Arteta dropped the Gabon international from Wednesday’s squad to face West Ham.
Arteta is now open to listening to offers for the former Dortmund ace but any exit is looking difficult, according to the Daily Mail.
Aubameyang signed a new three-year deal worth around £300,000-a-week just 18 months ago and the forward is unwilling to take a paycut in order to leave the Emirates.
Despite reported interest from the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan, Arsenal’s board now fear one of their key assets has been devalued and they will not receive an offer in line with their asking price for the striker.
It’s also felt that any potential suitors know that Aubameyang’s relationship with Arteta is ‘fractured’ and that they could exploit that by signing him on the cheap.
The January transfer market is a notoriously difficult time to operate in, particularly against the backdrop of an increasingly bleak Covid-19 picture.
Arsenal may therefore wait until the end of the season before putting Aubameyang on the market but he’ll only have 12 months left on his deal at that point.
It remains to be seen when Aubameyang will be reinstated to the squad by Arteta, who is yet to appoint a successor to the striker as club captain.
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