Newly crowned African footballer of the year, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed he does not want to join Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly interested in the Borussia Dortmund star, with one Spanish journalist claiming the Gunners have lodged a £44.6million bid for the in-form striker.
Aubameyang is leading the race for the European Golden Shoe having scored 18 goals in the Bundesliga this season.
But the Gunners’ hopes of strengthening their attacking options have taken a blow with Aubameyang’s admission that he isn’t keen on a switch to the Emirates.
The 26-year-old Gabon international, speaking after winning the 2015 African Player of the Year award, said: “I don’t want to go to Arsenal. I won’t leave Dortmund soon.”
Aubameyang narrowly ousted Manchester City star Yaya Toure to win the gong, receiving 143 votes to the Ivorian’s 136.
And he dedicated his award to the people of Gabon.
“I thank the people of Gabon, this award is for them,” he said. “I want to thank my team mates in the national team and also at Dortmund. It is their work that helps me to score goals,”
“For the parents of the youth of Africa, please give your kids a chance to realise their dreams.”
Aubameyang is the first player other than four-time winner Toure to win the award since Samuel Eto’o in 2010.