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Gabon and Barcelona striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 32.
Aubameyang disclosed that he has now decided to focus on his club career.
The former Arsenal captain represented his nation for over ten years and also wore the captain’s armband
The 32-year-old appeared 72 times for Gabon, scoring 30 goals.
In a letter to the Gabonese FA, Aubameyang wrote, according to Mundo Deportivo: ‘After 13 [thirteen] years of pride in representing my country, I announce that I’m ending my international career.
‘I would like to thank the Gabonese people and all those who have supported me in the good and the bad times.
‘Sharing it with all the people was an unforgettable moment. I thank our President, his Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba who has always supported the Panthers and has always worked for football to evolve in our country.
‘I would also like to thank all my coaches, staff and the players that I have come across during this career.
‘Finally, I thank my father who gave me the desire to do like him, hoping to have made him proud by wearing our colours.’
In a related development, Arsenal’s absence from the Champions League looks set to extend into a sixth season after losing 2-0 at Newcastle on Monday to dent their chances of qualifying for the elite tournament.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that following the development, Tottenham remains two points above their north London rivals in fourth place in the Premier League.
Spurs now realistically only need a draw away to already-relegated Norwich on Sunday to secure a top-four finish thanks to their superior goal difference.
Arsenal’s defeat also guaranteed third-place Chelsea’s place in the Champions League next season.