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Forced absence from Europa League frustrates Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said that his forced absence from the club's Europa League campaign this season was the main reason for a "frustrating" start to life at London.

Aubameyang, who joined Arsenal in January, played for former club Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League this season and UEFA's 'cup-tied' rule prevents him from representing his new team in Europe for the rest of the season.

The 28-year-old will watch from the stands as his team mates take on AC Milan in the second leg of their Europa League last 16 clash at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday. Arsenal beat AC Milan 2-0 in the first leg.

Striker Danny Welbeck, who is tasked with leading Arsenal's line in Europe in the absence of Aubameyang and the injured Alexandre Lacazette, said he was relishing the competition with his fellow forwards.

Welbeck has struggled with hip and groin injuries this season and has not found the net since Arsenal's 4-2 FA Cup third round defeat by Nottingham Forest in January.

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