Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly emerges as target for Spanish side Barcelona

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The north London club have lurched into crisis-mode in recent weeks, with issues on and off the pitch giving Emery headaches.

With Xhaka's future at Arsenal up in the air, Newcastle have emerged as an interested party alongside clubs from the Bundesliga.

"The suggestions are that they do not intend to extend his contract regardless", the podcast claimed, pointing to a well-placed Arsenal insider.

Arsenal would be happy to listen to all the offers being made from other clubs concerning Xhaka but it remains to be seen if they sell their star player to a fellow Premier League side.

"Normally in my career at the clubs I was at, all the time we control the possession". Pressure is just what people talk about.

"Always I have to think that, if we do some special things we have planned to do, we have the chance to win". "I am being realistic because some circumstances did not help us to achieve best emotional balance because with that, best performance, best emotional balance". We are privileged in our position at Arsenal that we have a lot of fans who support us and also methods of communication that put us in contact with them. "But this happens at all the teams I have been at".

Aubameyang has been in fine form for Arsenal once again this season with eight goals in 11 games making him the third-highest goalscorer in the Premier League this year.

"This year is another step".

Emery's side are already six points behind the fourth-placed Foxes in the race for the final Champions League spot and can not afford to lose any more ground ahead of the global break.

"Of course, we have to make progress".

Aubameyang is discontent with Arsenal and is getting ready to leave after the end of this season. "I am confident that we will do that".

The captaincy furore, sparked by Xhaka's bust-up with supporters against Crystal Palace which led to him being losing the armband, is the latest in a line of issues that have disrupted Emery's plans.