The Gunners will consider a proposal to their former captain when the exchange window opens in January
Football.london understands that Pierre-Emerick Obama is evaluating his options before the start of the January transfer window and Arsenal are ready to offer the exiled captain his former job.
The 32-year-old, who is currently training away from the first team, has no return date following a disciplinary dispute that removed the Gabonese captain from the Gunners’ captaincy.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remains uncertain whether Obama could be involved, but the Spaniard wants to avoid repeating the situation with Mesut Ozil last season, according to football.london.
Ozil was not a member of Arsenal’s Premier League or Europa League squad, but Arteta was a regular player for the first team, although he did not intend to play for the former Germany international.
Obama wants to return to France, where his mother lived until recently, but it remains an attractive place for an experienced striker who is fluent in both Spanish and Italian.
There have been initial reports that Barcelona are considering a move for the striker, but there is no word yet on a move for Obama, and Ferran Torres is unlikely to sign a contract as he is from Manchester City.
Paris Saint-Germain have been interested in him before, but it will depend on whether Kilian Mbappe leaves the club in the next transfer window.
Juventus and AC Milan have also warned of Obama’s presence, but so far no club has made an official offer for the captain, whose contract with Arsenal expires in 2023.
Obama’s £ 350,000-a-week salary will be a barrier for most European clubs, but Arsenal are expected to subsidize some of the potential deals.
Meanwhile, Arsenal and Eddie Nketia are in talks to extend the striker’s contract.
Nketia has stated that he does not intend to sign a new contract, and the reason for rejecting the offer is the lack of opportunities to play for the first team.
However, Artillery boss Arteta is expected to give the strikers more opportunities next month, which could convince him to join the club in the future.