Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has responded to rumours linking star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal.
As reported by Goal.com, Watzke has insisted that the club can cope if the striker departs but remains confident that the club's top players will remain at Signal Iduna Park.
Aubameyang, who has been in stunning form for Thomas Tuchel's side throughout the course of the season, has been linked with a stunning £42 million move to north London, but it's far from certain as to whether the Gunners will step up their interest in him in the near future.
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Dortmund certainly don't want to lose their best players, but Watzke isn't worried about the situation.
"One must never make the mistake to believe that a club like BVB is dependent on a player. We are not dependent on anyone," he told Bild.
"When Robert Lewandowski left, we found [a solution] and he even has three more goals than Lewa.
"We are now so well positioned that we can offer alternative solutions again and again.
"[The goal is that] our team stays together. We do not have as much money as the top stars in the Premiere League, but we have a lot of other things to offer - for example our players were able to celebrate Christmas."
In fact, Watzke has brought previous transfer rumours to prominence, suggesting that the links mean nothing at this stage.
He continued by saying: "Last year around this time, many journalists wrote that our top players would be gone.
"Hummels was at Manchester United. Gundogan was with [Real] Madrid, Manchester or Barcelona. And where are they now? Still with us!"
It's not entirely surprising that Arsenal have been linked with the Dortmund ace, but it's clearly not going to be easy for the club to secure his signature.
But if Arsenal are serious about claiming the Premier League title, then perhaps they should make their move. Olivier Giroud is a fine asset, but someone in the mould of Aubameyang really would push the title cause at the Emirates.
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