ESPN: Aubameyang Joins Arsenal After Medicals, Announced Date Fixed

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign for Arsenal before the January transfer window closes next week, top pundit Steve Nicol believes.

Arsenal yesterday confirmed their stunning swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan as Alexis Sanchez finally left to join Manchester United.

Arsene Wenger is keen to bolster his ranks further this month and today confirmed his interested in Borussia Dortmund ace Aubameyang.

The Gunners want to sign Aubameyang on a mega-money deal and loan Olivier Giroud to Dortmund as a sweetener.

Legendary Liverpool defender Nicol believes Wenger will get his man in the coming days as Arsenal representatives continue to hold talks in Germany.

He told ESPN: “I think this happens.

“There’s been too much talk and Arsenal are definitely trying to make some moves.

“I don’t think getting Mkhitaryan for Sanchez is the last one that they’ll do.”

On swapping Aubameyang for Giroud, Nicol added: “He’s a completely different player to Aubameyang.

“Aubameyang is about running in behind and using his pace, Giroud is all about holding the ball up.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat were in Germany yesterday to meet Dortmund officials about Aubameyang.

The Gunners have had one bid of around £44m turned down, with the Bundesliga giants wanting £50m-plus.

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