Arsenal supporters were sent into a frenzy on Thursday night after a picture emerged of Ousmane Dembele enjoying dinner in London with four of the club’s stars.
The Frenchman, who is reportedly unhappy at Barcelona and is a target for the Gunners, was joined by Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan for a meal at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s house.
Aubameyang’s father took to Instagram to share a photo of himself and the five footballers and their kids prior to the meal, writing: ‘very happy to be with family and surrounded by our guys’.
Dembele is a close friend of Aubameyang from their time playing together at Borussia Dortmund but Arsenal fans were quick to suggest this was a sign that the forward was headed for the Emirates.
New Arsenal manager Unai Emery is said to be a fan of Dembele, who is open to a potential move away from the Nou Camp after a frustrating first season and the recent signing of Malcom.
The Catalan outfit are also interested in Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey with reports this week suggesting the two players could go in opposite directions as part of a swap deal.
Dembele only joined Barcelona from Dortmund in last summer in a deal worth £97million plus add-ons.
He was signed as a replacement for Neymar, who had just left for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal, but managed just 17 La Liga appearances due largely to a serious hamstring injury.
The 21-year-old played a bit-part role for France as they won the World Cup in Russia.