Photo: Aubemayang Instagram message explains missing Dortmund training, amid Premier League speculation

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Arsenal had been strongly linked with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


A photo posted by Aubameyang (@aubameyang97) on

The great mystery of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's whereabouts is no more.

The Borussia Dortmund striker posted a photo on his Instagram page yesterday, on a jet on the way to Nigeria.

He posted the following comment explaining his reason for the trip: "On my way to Abuja for the ceremony of african ballon d'or#africa #ballondor #aubameyang#aubameyang #PEA17

Fair enough then, so why the interest?

Just hours before his absence from Borussia Dortmund's training session on Tuesday, Aubemeyang had been linked with a big money move to Premier League leaders Arsenal.

The Sun claimed the Gunners had made contact with the German side, and were preparing to offer £42 million for the striker. Aubameyang has scored a staggering 24 goals in 23 games and is the Bundesliga top scorer.

SkySports had reported that he was fuelling transfer talk by missing training, before Dortmund claimed his reason for doing so was for a 'personal appointment'.

Certainly in attending the awards ceremony, Aubameyang has a perfectly good reason and is intent on showing he has nothing to hide.

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