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Arsenal target Yannick Carrasco suspended for going AWOL

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Dalian Yifang have suspended Yannick Carrasco after he failed to show up for a match and training amid talk of a potential move to Arsenal.

Since completing a surprise €30m switch from Atletico Madrid, Carrasco has impressed over in the Chinese Super League. So far, he’s bagged seven goals in his opening 10 games of the new season for Dalian Yifang.

More impressively is the fact he’s managed to retain a spot in Belgium’s star-studded squad containing the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.

At 25, though, Carrasco’s decision to make a move to the East Asia may have been a bit premature. The winger has already expressed an interest in returning to Europe despite only signing for Dalian Yifang in February 2018.

Therefore, Arsenal have emerged as favourites to sign former AS Monaco star Carrasco. And now the Gunners’ hopes of landing the Belgian may have received a boost following his suspension.

Dalian Yifang were left unhappy over Carrasco’s no-show for a match and training after he finished international duty with Belgium earlier this month.

The Chinese club have now demanded Carrasco shows up within three days to apologise to the team.

“Yannick Carrasco of the Dalian Football Club was absent from the away game against Hebei China Fortune and missed training,” read a club statement via the Daily Mirror.

“The club now imposes the following penalties on him: Order Carrasco to apologise to the team within three days and stop training.

“The club has always attached importance to the team’s discipline construction, and no individual is above the collective.

“The club treats everyone equally.”

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – JUNE 05: Yannick Carrasco of Belgium in action during the International Friendly match between Belgium and Czech Republic at Stade Roi Baudouis on June 5, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)