PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG looks set to provide Arsenal with a boost by announcing his international retirement.
The France-born striker has won 58 caps for Gabon and captains the African side.
But Aubameyang, 29, has vented his fury at a lack of professionalism shown by the Gabonese FA.
And after snubbing a call-up in October over his dismay at the flight organised for the team, he has now threatened to quit the national side.
Aubameyang told French TV show Talents d’Afrique: “I am thinking hard about retiring from international football.
“I am honestly asking myself that question. Sadly I have come to this point, and I am going to make a decision.
“It could come before or after our next game against Burundi [on March 23].”
The striker, Arsenal’s record but for £56m from Dortmund 14 months ago, added: “Normally I would go if called up, but I am hesitating because I want to make matters improve.
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“I would love Gabon to qualify for the African Nations Cup finals. But if things don’t improve I don’t see the point of going.
“I am waiting for changes to be made. We always end up in the same situation on the eve of matches, asking questions we shouldn’t need to ask.
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“I want football to become more professional in Gabon. It is what the players deserve. That is what is lacking, and it is the reason why I sometimes don’t turn up to play.
“I am extremely disappointed by the behaviour of certain people – both in the Gabon FA and higher up.”
Aubameyang has scored 19 goals in 35 games this season to boost the Gunners’ hopes of a top-four place and Europa League success.
But after missing a late penalty to win the North London derby last weekend against Tottenham, he will be hoping to find the net against Rennes tonight.