Arsenal fans receive an update on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang chase from Dortmund sporting director

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The confusion around what is actually happening at Arsenal right now looks set to continue right up until the winter transfer window closes.

Really, it'll last longer than that as playmaker Mesut Ozil still hasn't signed a new contract and may very well be tempted to just see his current one out, leaving himself with a pick of virtually any club he chooses.

Similar can be said about Jack Wilshere, a player once thought to be the future of Arsenal who has managed to rekindle at least some of that hope in recent weeks.

Wilshere will be able to leave in the summer, too, although his choice of team would certainly be from a much smaller pot than that of Ozil. Instead, it seems more like 'wait and see' on Arsenal's part there, with everyone at the club hoping that the 25-year-old can put together a period of sustained form for the rest of the season.

Wilshere would almost certainly sign a new deal if presented with one - it's just about trust there; can Arsenal trust him to be fit, and can Wilshere trust them to give him the chances when they arrive.

Then there is, of course, the well-documented case of Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has cast a shadow over the Gunners' season so far by never really looking settled, always seemingly with one foot out of the door, waiting for the window to open so he can complete his long-awaited move to Manchester City.

Although now it's actually Manchester United who he'll sign for, and in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan - things are never simple at Arsenal, even when they're selling.

But on the positive side, there are potential incomings, with the most notable looking to be Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

That hasn't been clear-cut either though, with Arsene Wenger making comments midweek that upset Dortmund for their openness.

Not that things look dead by any means, and Arsenal fans were given hope when Aubameyang was left out of Dortmund's squad for their game at Hertha Berlin.

Sporting director Michael Zorc spoke ahead of the game, giving an in-depth update on the situation.

"Aubameyang is not suspended," said Zorc to Eurosport. "He was in training all week just as normal. But the decision ultimately by the coach was made because we feel that his thoughts are somewhere else and he won't be able to help us on the pitch today."

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That certainly makes things sound promising for Arsenal - although what Zorc detailed next is less so; it appears that the Gunners are yet to make anything resembling an offer.

"We continue to plan with Aubameyang for the future," he continued. "Of course, we have some talks in the coming weeks, but at the moment there is a lot of hot air - there is nothing concrete to talk about."

Zorc also confirmed that things are far from over - Dortmund still see an outcome where he remains at the club:

"The decision today is for today's match only. He's obviously thinking about a transfer, but of course there is a way for him back into this team. But you need to be professional and work hard."

So, it's all very up in the air at the moment in regards to how things conclude. It's always interesting at Arsenal, and things look like staying that way for some time.

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