Mikel Arteta is keen to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal, and has welcome his recent comments amid unwelcome transfer talk, however says no more talks are held with the striker.
The Gunners had been hoping to have a prolific frontman tied to a brand new contract by now, however no extension to a deal due to run till 2021 has been in agreement yet, with it prompt that Aubameyang has been stalling as he mulls over his choices.
The 30-year-old has refuted those claims, stating his full commitment to the Arsenal cause, and Arteta hopes recent terms are a natural progression more down the road.
“I was very happy to read those comments,” the new Gunners boss aforesaid on seeing his captain state that he remains “100 percent here”.
“He is aware of precisely what i feel regarding him and clearly he is a colossal player for us. however at the instant we’re within the middle of the season and that we haven’t mentioned something more on it at the club.”
Arteta added once asked if he would love to see discussions held before the end of the season: “My intention is to keep Auba clearly as a result of i do know that if we keep Auba with us, we’re planning to be stronger and nearer to winning football matches. that is the solely issue.”
Pressed more on whether or not he feels assured in this quest, the Spaniard said: “I do not know, we’ve not mentioned that.
“But i am assured that he is very happy here as a result of that’s what he aforesaid within the media.”
It may be that additions are made over the approaching weeks to enrich Aubameyang’s presence within the Arsenal squad, with Arteta keeping a watch across the January market.
He said: “I’m not expecting massive things. i’m expecting massive things from the players I actually have at the instant, the players that are ill from injuries. that is the biggest expectations from my side, they are there.
“If we are able to realize one thing to assist us undergo the season in a more balanced manner in certain areas, and is useful, we’ll check up on the choices.
“We continuously got to be looking because clearly, we’ve some dangerous injuries for players WHO are planning to be out for a protracted time. we’ve to examine if we are able to find choices there.”
While incomings remain a chance in north London, Arteta is keen to point out that he won’t be parting with any player that forms a part of his future plans.
Pressed on whether or not he might got to raise funds through sales, the previous Gunners skipper said: “We’re not thinking to sell.
“There’s nothing concrete at the instant on the table, as I said, i am focusing on the players we’ve currently and this transfer window could be a bit tough and things may come back at the end. however i do not know which way.”