Date: 5th January 2022 at 2:05pm
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Arsenal are one of a number of Premier League clubs from which players have departed to take part in the African Cup of Nations this week. 

Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will all star in the showpiece of African football over the next month, with last year’s rescheduled competition taking place in Cameroon.

The loss of Elneny and Partey will leave Gunners boss Mikel Arteta with a depleted midfield roster to choose from, while Pepe’s departure will blunt their attacking threat.

Aubameyang, meanwhile, hasn’t played for Arsenal since the start of December having been stripped of the club captaincy after a disciplinary breach.

The Gabon international was omitted from Arteta’s squad to face Southampton in the wake of the controversy, and is yet to return to action.

Aubameyang has not featured for Arsenal since a five-minute cameo against Everton on December 6.

Now, with the player unavailable for up to a month while on international duty, it appears that his current employers will be listening to offers for him.

As per Sky Sports, Arsenal will listen to suitable offers for the 32-year-old, with a number of clubs touted as potential suitors for the veteran striker.

The former Borussia Dortmund man had been linked with a shock move to Newcastle United in recent days, although speculation on that front has cooled.

A move during this month’s mid-season transfer window has also not been ruled out, according to the report, although the AFCON could hinder chances of that.

Aubameyang arrived in the capital from Germany in January 2018, and has since scored 92 goals in 163 games for the club.

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