Barcelona are lining up new Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the successor to Luis Suarez, say reports.

The Gabon international was this week handed the armband after Granit Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy.

But reports in El Chiringuito suggest he may not be at the Emirates for the long term, with Barca lurking.

Arsenal's ability to qualify for the Champions League this season could prove to be crucial to keeping their star man, with Unai Emery’s side currently in fifth place and six points outside the top four.

But the Spanish champions are understood to be impressed with the striker’s pace and power, and could even make an ambitious move to bring him to the Camp Nou in January.