Arsene Wenger responds when asked if he is confident Arsenal will sign 28-year-old striker

The Arsenal manager shed light on the north London side's pursuit of Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Photo: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang / Instagram

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are in negotiations to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but conceded the Gunners aren’t close to a deal for the Borussia Dortmund striker.

The Gabon international was named as a potential target for Arsenal last week as the Gunners started to plan for life without Chile international Alexis Sanchez.

The 29-year-old completed his transfer to Manchester United in a swap deal on Thursday that also saw Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan seal a move to Arsenal.

Aubameyang has established himself as one of Europe’s most prolific goal-scorers following a return of 141 goals in 212 appearances for Dortmund over the past five seasons.

The BVB striker has been regularly linked with a move to the Premier League, having previously worked under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at the Westfalenstadion.

Aubameyang has struggled with discipline issues during the last couple of seasons at Dortmund, which could be a concern for some Arsenal supporters.

Asked if he was confident Arsenal could conclude a deal for the 28-year-old centre-forward, Wenger told his pre-match media conference at London Colney on Tuesday.

“Confident or not confident, I don’t know.

“You never know how close you are.

“This is the kind of thing – he is one of the possible movements, but we have other things in mind as well. We have plenty of opportunities and the final decision is not made.

“At the moment we are not close to any deal, Aubameyang or anybody else.”

Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table but only five points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool FC in pursuit of a Champions League spot.

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