Why Aubameyang wouldn't be able to play for Arsenal in Europa League - but Mkhitaryan would

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Arsenal fans are very excited at the news that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed personal terms with the club.

That comes from the Mirror, who claim the move will go ahead once Arsenal agree a fee with Borussia Dortmund.

It comes at a time when the north London club haven’t had much to celebrate in recent weeks, with their top four hopes hanging by a thread and Alexis Sanchez set to leave.

The latest reports suggest Sanchez will move to Old Trafford providing Henrikh Mkhitaryan agrees to go the other way.

According to BBC Sport’s David Ornstein, Mkhitaryan is “in no rush” to make a decision over his future.

“It is understood Sanchez has agreed personal terms with United but that neither Arsenal nor United will sanction the deal without Mkhitaryan travelling in the opposite direction,” Ornstein said on Tuesday.

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So Arsenal are prepared to let Sanchez walk but Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang could both be coming in. Exciting stuff.

Why Aubameyang wouldn't be eligible for Europa League

Both attackers would be required to deliver straight away, with Arsenal eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League.

It looks as though success in the Europa League will be the Gunners’ best opportunity to play in next season’s Champions League.

But they wouldn’t be able to count on Aubameyang in the knockout rounds if the Gabonese does complete a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Why’s that? Because Dortmund are now in the same European competition as Arsenal.


Aubameyang hasn’t played in the Europa League yet this season but because Dortmund have dropped down into the tournament as a result of finishing third in their Champions League group, he is now considered a Europa League player.

And that means he wouldn’t be eligible to suit up for Arsenal in the competition.

But Mkhitaryan would

However, Mkhitaryan would be. That’s because Man United are still in the Champions League.

Arsenal would not have been able to register both Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan had both been eligible anyway. UEFA’s rules state clubs can only register one player who has already played in the other European competition group stage.

All information comes courtesy of ESPN.

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