Arsene Wenger hails midfielder as 'World Class' and a 'complete player'

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The long-anticipated swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan head in the opposite direction was completed on Monday, bringing to a conclusion one of the biggest transfer stories of the January window.

Arsenal have reportedly had a first offer of 50 million euros ($61.1 million) for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rejected by his German club Borussia Dortmund, according to Kicker magazine.

Aubameyang has already scored 21 goals in 23 games this season, but was disciplined by the club last Sunday for the third time in 16 months after failing to attend a team meeting.

Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis was over in Dortmund to try and thrash out a deal for the forward following the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United. The striker was not a part of Borussia Dortmund's squad for their last game against Hertha Berlin.

But speaking after Arsenal's 4-1 win over Crystal Palace, Wenger played down the speculation over Aubameyang. It should be seen whether the Premier League outfit can match the Bundesliga side's valuation for Aubameyang.

Wenger told reporters: "We are not close to a deal for Aubameyang with Dortmund or anybody else". Final decision is not made'.

Arsene Wenger hails midfielder as 'World Class' and a 'complete player'
Arsene Wenger hails midfielder as 'World Class' and a 'complete player'

"Of course, we'd like there to be a resolution tomorrow, whatever it was", said Stoger.

"You look at it and you know Sanchez is on his way, you've got to replace him".

"I think had we not marshalled ourselves and shown the character that the players showed in the second half and produced the work rate, it would have been an avalanche".

"As you rightly say with his pace and his goal power, and the good thing is that [Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan] played together at Dortmund".

"I want Danny Welbeck to stay here", Wenger said simply.

On Sanchez, Wenger said he left him out of the matchday squad because "you can not drive up north and play football as well".

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