Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has denied speculation linking him with a move to Premier League leaders Arsenal. The 26-year-old striker is rumoured to be on manager Arsene Wenger's wanted list, but the Gabon star has insisted he sees his future at current club Borussia Dortmund.
Aubameyang is the Bundesliga's leading scorer this season, with 18 goals in just 17 league games, and for the time being he is happy to continue to play his football in Germany. "Let me say this first: I am not going to Arsenal. Dortmund is my club and I am not leaving soon," he said, according to ESPN.
Aubameyang was speaking after he was named the Confederation of African Football's player of the year. In doing so, he has become the first player from his country to win the prize. Manchester City's Yaya Toure came in second place, while Ghana and Swansea midfielder Andre Ayew, 26, was third.
"I am not usually an emotional person but to win this award, with players like Yaya and Dede [Ayew], is an important moment for me. I don't usually cry, but this has made me cry," he said afterwards.
Meanwhile, Toure – who has won the award for the previous four years – admitted to being deflated by the result of the vote. "I'm quite disappointed, but I don't want to complain too much," he said after the announcement, according to the BBC. "I just want to give credit to Aubameyang – you've been doing brilliantly well this year."
Elsewhere at the ceremony held in Nigeria, Herve Renard – who managed Ivory Coast to their Africa Cup of Nations victory – was named the coach of the year, while Tanzanian star Mbwana Aly Samatta was crowned African-based player of the year.
Cameroon's Gaelle Enganamouit was named women's player of the year, after helping the Indomitable Lionesses reach the second round of the Women's World Cup.