Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has distanced himself from a move to Arsenal

By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he does not want to join Arsenal.

The Gunners have been linked with the prolific Borussia Dortmund striker but he claimed on Thursday night that he is not interested in moving to the Premier League big hitters.

Aubameyang is the newly-crowned African Player of the Year after ending Yaya Toure’s four-year stranglehold on the award.

The 26-year-old has been in exceptional form this season, scoring 27 goals in 27 Dortmund matches, including 18 in 17 Bundesliga matches to top the league scoring charts. He has scored more goals than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.

But, speaking after receiving the 2015 African Player of the Year award, the Gabon international dashed the hope of Gunners’ supporters.

“I don’t want to go to Arsenal,” he said on Thursday evening. “I won’t leave Dortmund soon.”

Aubemayang, whose transfer value has shot up beyond the £50million mark, signed a new Dortmund contract last summer that ties him to the Bundesliga club until 2020.

Toure had won four consecutive titles from 2011-2014 before being beaten to the 2015 award by Aubameyang, who secured 143 points to place him ahead of the Manchester City man, who earned 136 points. Ghana and Swansea midfielder Andre Ayew came in third with 112 points.

The top-ranked pair swap places from last year, when Toure won the 2014 award and Aubameyang was runner-up.