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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘desperate’ to leave Arsenal and ‘half the squad want to go with him’

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG could lead an exodus of frustrated Arsenal stars in the summer, according to reports.

The superstar striker's brother Willy criticised the decision to bring in Mikel Arteta to replace Unai Emery this week to leave his future in doubt.

And the Independent quote a source as saying “half the squad” are thinking about quitting the Gunners, with Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka among the names mentioned.

It was hoped that Freddie Ljungberg's arrival as caretaker could steady the ship until the end of the season after Emery got the chop.

But the club legend could not get the players to produce on the pitch and the board decided to speed up the hunt for a permanent boss.

Pep Guardiola's No2 Arteta is set to take over after bidding goodbye to the Manchester City squad.

But his pending appointment has already gone down poorly with a section of the support getting #ArtetaOut trending on Twitter.

And Willy Aubameyang's rant also caused a stir with fans calling for his brother, who is entering the final 18 months of his deal, to lose the captaincy.

Replying to an AFTV post, he said: "Ljungberg Arteta is the same, no experience."

Interim boss Ljungberg was set to speak to the press on Thursday ahead of this weekend's crunch clash against Everton.

But the club have rescheduled the press conference for Friday - allowing them time to finalise a deal for Arteta.

Arsenal hoping Mikel Arteta arrival will persuade Aubameyang to sign a new contract with the Gunners

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