How Pierre Emerick Aubameyang can help Arsenal despite AFCON departure

How Pierre Emerick Aubameyang can help Arsenal despite AFCON departure

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stripped of Arsenal captaincy

It has been some fall from grace for the once talismanic Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

In the space of 18 months, he has gone from lifting the FA Cup with Mikel Arteta, to being axed from the squad and stripped of the captaincy, training alone and in disgrace.

How Pierre Emerick Aubameyang can help Arsenal despite AFCON departure

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Mikel Arteta manager of Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal pose with the trophy after the FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 1, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Now, it seems unlikely that he will be seen in an Arsenal shirt again, having been left out of the matchday squads since the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Southampton, and Mikel Arteta’s side playing arguably some of the best football of the Spaniard’s time in charge during his absence.

Despite his inability to help Arsenal on the pitch at the moment, however, he can still help them while at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Auba to send Partey home?

Arsenal have lost four players to the Africa Cup of Nations, which takes place in Cameroon. Mohamed Elneny (Egypt), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast) have all joined Aubameyang (Gabon) in reporting for international duty after the narrow defeat to Manchester City on New Year’s Day.

In doing so, Arsenal will be without their services until at least the 20th January, when the final group games take place, although Egypt are currently one of the favourites for the entire tournament so Elneny could be gone significantly longer.

However, Gabon and Ghana have been drawn in the same group, alongside Morocco and minnows Comoros. This means that one of Aubameyang or Partey may fail to make it out of the group stage (where the top two from each group and 4 best-finishing 3rd place sides make it through).

And while it will not matter to Arsenal too much were Aubameyang to come home early, should he perform for Gabon, they could help knock out Ghana and send Partey back to north London early.

While that would come as a massive blow to Partey and Ghana, it would represent a massive boost for Arsenal.

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Aminat Aigbe

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