Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang told to join a more ‘ambitious’ club than Arsenal by Gabon FA chief

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal FC
Aubameyang has been in sparkling form again this season (Picture: Getty Images)

Gabon’s FA president Pierre Alain Mounguengui has urged Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave Arsenal and join a ‘more ambitious club’.

The Gunners striker has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium with just over one year remaining on his current deal, and no confirmation of a contract extension.

Barcelona have previously expressed their interest in securing the north London club’s top scorer this season, but he is reportedly seen as a backup option to first-choice targets Lautaro Martinez and Neymar.

Despite scoring 49 league goals since his move to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, Aubameyang is yet to reap any rewards for his endeavours in terms of silverware.

Mounguengui believes the forward would be better off at a bigger club, he told ESPN: ‘I don’t want to say that Arsenal aren’t ambitious, but Arsenal don’t have ambitions as high as some other clubs as far as Europe is concerned.

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‘So if Pierre could secure a contract with a more ambitious club, he’d definitely find his place there.

‘On an individual level, we all consider him to be among the best players in the world, but the advice I give to him is to continue to work and to attract the attention of the biggest clubs and the most ambitious clubs.’

Throughout his career at clubs in France and Germany, Aubameyang is yet to win a league title or European trophy, despite scoring more than 10 league goals a season in the last decade.

Mounguengui added: ‘Aubameyang is a world-class player, but for him, or anyone else in Europe who hasn’t won a major honour, football is a collective sport.

‘Right now, he’s at Arsenal, and he’s won nothing here, so it’s a collective failing.’

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