The likelihood of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaving Arsenal before the close of the transfer week has become even greater.
That was after he was excluded from the squad that has flown off to Dubai for a week of warm weather training and some downtime. Jack Wilshere, who does not even have a contract with the club and is back trying to regain his fitness and doing some work with the youth teams, was on the plane though.
Instead, Aubameyang has been told to continue training by himself, as his future is decided.
AC Milan are the latest club to express an interest, but they have been deterred by Aubameyang wanting twice in wages what they currently pay Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Two other men not on the plane to Dubai are Edu, the Director of Football at the Emirates, and his deputy Richard Garlick. They are staying in London to work on transfer business.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.