Arsenal-linked Carrasco blasts Dalian Yifang chiefs & team-mates as he reacts to being banned by club

The 25-year-old questioned the attitude of certain members of the Chinese Super League side and demanded an end to the situation

Reported Arsenal transfer target Yannick Carrasco has issued a strong statement in reaction to him being suspended by Dalian Yifang, questioning the attitude of certain club chiefs and team-mates.

The Belgium international was banned by the Chinese Super League side after missing a match and training "for no reason" amid transfer speculation linking him with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Dalian Yifang have called for Carrasco to return to the club "within three days" while imposing fines and a suspension.

Carrasco, who has scored 14 goals in 35 Chinese Super League games since joining, wants to see the situation sorted out and feels his performances for the team mean he warrants better treatment.

"The attitude of some club's leaders and team-mates towards me is incomprehensible to me given my commitment and performance with the team so far," he wrote on Twitter.

"The team needs me and I want to help the team. This problem need to be solved."

Carrasco has been strongly linked with a return to Europe, namely the Gunners, having previously played for Monaco and Atletico Madrid.

The 25-year-old winger has shown flashes of his ability at both his previous clubs, even scoring the equaliser for Atletico Madrid in the 2016 Champions League final in Milan.

That goal cancelled out Sergio Ramos’s opener for bitter rivals Real Madrid, although Atletico would go on to lose on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Arsenal are rumoured to be in the market for a winger, with the club boasting few senior options in wide areas at present, and have been linked with the likes of Ryan Fraser, Hakim Ziyech and Ivan Perisic.

Alex Iwobi’s end product has often been called into question, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan has struggled to make a significant impact and his future is up in the air after a disappointing season.

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The Gunners do have an array of young talent in the form of returning loanees Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe, as well as academy prospects Bukayo Saka and Xavier Amaechi .

Dalian Yifang are 11th in the Chinese Super League and host Tianjin Tianhai on Sunday.

Their upcoming opponents are rock-bottom of the league with just one win and eight points from their first 13 games, failing to win their last seven in a row in all competitions with two draws and five defeats.