ARSENAL refused to let BBC interview Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang prior to the FA Cup Final.
The hotshot striker and his team-mates take on Chelsea at Wembley tonight for the world famous trophy.
BBC were refused access to interview Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the build-up to the FA Cup Final[/caption]
And as part of their pre-game coverage, the Beeb wanted to speak with the Gunners’ top goalscorer.
However, Match of the Day host Gary Lineker revealed during the show that their request to the North London side was met with a response saying he “was unavailable”.
Arsenal’s skipper could reportedly have been lining-up on the opposition side if he had his way.
The Gabon striker, who has a year left of his £200,000-a-week Gunners deal, wanted out quickly in January and tried to force a move to Chelsea.
Agents for Aubameyang contacted Frank Lampard’s Blues.
Gary Lineker revealed the rejection live on Match of the Day from Wembley[/caption]
At the time, Lamps had frozen out Olivier Giroud and a striker was said to be a top priority.
He was linked with Timo Werner, who he eventually signed for £48million from RB Leipzig.
Aubameyang, 31, has hit 27 goals this term.
He was said to be keen on the move which would have left Gunners fans fuming.
The departure of left-back Ashley Cole to their hated London rivals in 2006 is still raw.
But Aubameyang is said to have asked for a salary which would have made him the highest paid player in the club’s history, it has been claimed.The Blues are still keen on Aubameyang but he would have to drop his incredible wage demands.
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Arsenal are still hopeful that their captain will commit his future to the club.
They could be forced to cash in on him this summer if he refuses to pen a new deal.
Or they risk losing their talisman for nothing next summer once he becomes a free agent.