Mikel Arteta says he wants Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at the club this season despite rumours linking him with a move to Spain and Italy.
Real Madrid and Inter Milan are said to have been sniffing around the Gabon international who has 18 months left on his current contract.
With negotiations on a new deal stalling, it’s more than possible that we could cash in on the striker in the summer, however, for the sake of club stability, it looks like we’ll fend off any approaches this month.
Facing the press ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup third round game with Leeds United, Arteta was asked about the situation.
He replied bluntly: “I do not even want to think about that possibility, I want him to stay here.”
Aubameyang has scored 15 goals in 25 appearances this season and has a total of 56 goals in 90 appearances for Arsenal since signing from Borussia Dortmund two years ago.
For the moment, he seems happy enough. After yesterday’s win over Manchester United he told RMC Sport: “The English press likes to talk a lot. For now, I’m here. I’m 100 per cent here.”