In his programme notes ahead of last night’s 1-0 win over Leeds United, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit out at the flurry of stories which suggested he was desperate to leave Arsenal during the January window.
The captain has less than 18 months left on his deal, which obviously adds to speculation, but gave the idea of a departure this month short shrift.
“People like making up stories and they should focus on what’s happening on the pitch,” he wrote.
“They talk too much and it does my head in! I am the Arsenal captain. I love this club.
“I am committed to it and desperate to bring it back to the top, where it belongs.”
The message was a welcome one to fans, and also to new boss Mikel Arteta, who has plenty on his plate in the early stages of his new job.
“I was thrilled about that and really happy,” he said.
“His commitment since the day I walked through that door has been phenomenal, the work he has been putting in, his attitude around the place with the players.
“I want him here and I am so happy with him, so hopefully that is the end of the story.”
Newspapers and gossip being what they are, it probably won’t be, and there’s obviously a big decision looming in the summer, but that statement means his future is something we can consider at the end of a season in which there are still two trophies to play for.