Aubameyang: It’s an exciting time to be an Arsenal player

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were quick to praise their teammates as Arsenal enjoyed another visit to Wembley securing the Community Shield 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

Aubameyang opened the scoring in the first half with a fine strike and netted the winner in the shootout as Mikel Arteta’s players delivered a solid performance off the back of limited time on the training ground.

Here’s what Auba and Ainsley had to say after the game…

On lifting more silverware…

PEA: It feels very good. First of all, I have to say happy birthday, bro [to Maitland-Niles]. He was the man of the match, I’m really happy for him, he deserves it. Today, we deserved the win. We’re going to take this trophy and this time, hopefully, I don’t drop it.

On his man of the match performance…

AMN: It’s a special moment. It’s the first time I’ve played on my birthday, we’re at Wembley, fighting for another cup and title for the club…and we brought it home today. It’s a fantastic feeling. This group of boys proved something last season and we’re keeping it going into this season.

On the performance and his goal…

PEA: We played well. We did a fantastic action starting from the back. Bukayo gave me the ball and, yes, then I choose to go for it on my right foot and shoot and that’s it. I’m very happy.

On his contract…

PEA: We’re gonna see. Today, we take the trophy. [Laughter]

On Maitland-Niles future…

AMN: I’m an Arsenal player until I’m told otherwise. My heart is in the club and whilst I’m here, I’m going to give 100 per cent every time.

On the team developing…

PEA: For sure, for sure. We are improving and there’s still work to do. But I’m really happy and it’s a really exciting time to be an Arsenal player.

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Laddy McLadstien

Lovely stuff from those two lads.

C.B.

Sign! And keep scoring!

onenil

Keep AMN!

Biggles

He’s right… so hurry up and sign the new contract.

Vescucci

I’ll be very sad to lose AMN

bdotm

My bro……….Same here

Adrian

Sign da ting

Mani

So, AMN doesn’t want to leave. Arteta doesn’t want him to go. It’s the board that’s trying to cash-in?!?

goongot

Unfortunately yes. We are dealing in loan deals and niles is the only priceable asset we have to fund partey|aouar unless our board gets the money from owner.

Flash

Torreira, Guendouzi, Ozil, Chambers, Holding – loan, Sokratis….

Anonymarse

To be fair we have too many at the moment, somebody probably has to go.

Qwaliteee

But why sell your established players ahead of the dead wood?

It’s about time that Arsenal fans took another stand with this fucking board and Kroenke in particular.

If AMN is sold now, I think there’s going to be a lot of bad vibes.

Anonymarse

If we’re talking full backs I cant see a lot of dead wood. Kola is most likely going. I guess Arteta must rate Cedric cos he just signed him.

Not looking a great idea to sell AMN, but its it’s similar to the GK situation.

Ojobo Johnmike

Some Arsenal fans are the caused of this nonsense,didn’t you them saying AMN,LACA,ETC be sold just to bring in other players?

Qwaliteee

I think, my friend, you will find that the cause of this nonsense is a rich old man from America, who has busily been trying to brainwash us all that Arsenal Football Club are strapped for money – whilst he himself has enough money to run a small country, never mind a football club.

Deano

Qwaliteee what is the dead wood you are referring to? Xhaka, Mustafi or maybe Elneny? There are three players that were mentioned regularly last season, but haven’t the first two come on leaps and bounds under Arteta? Elneny the forgotten man was outstanding yesterday. I don’t want to lose any of our young talent. Especially when they can give that extra 10% through that natural love for the club and love to get money in from other avenues, but sometimes that is not the case. If you mean our two outcasts, getting rid of them will be very hard, one… Read more »

Obama Young

Cedric isn’t a bad player. Someone should be willing to offer 5 million or so for him, which would be great business for us: add needed depth for the end of last season, then sell him on now for a profit.

Anonymarse

We literally just signed him tho

Obama Young

We couldn’t sell him if we didn’t sign him.

Anonymarse

Be a bit strange to sign and sell him in the same window

Jimbo1

A bit like Clive Allen all those years ago. He didn’t even last the summer

Qwaliteee

As I have been trying to tell you all….yes.

It’s the fucking board.

Anonymarse

The owners could certainly do things differently but unfortunately they won’t …

Qwaliteee

But, as fans, we have mouths, we have tongues – and we have a media all too ready for a good story to sell newspapers and gain hits and clicks by the millions. We have already had ‘We Care – Do You?’, which, backed by the media, led to Josh Kroenke being forced to make a statement. Now is the time for Arsenal fans to remind the board of that statement. This board need reminding, publicly, that with a multi billionaire majority shareholder, they have the means to implement all that Mikel Arteta (and us) could wish for and more.… Read more »

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

We may have mouths and tongues, but Kroenke’s don’t have ears.

Teryima Adi

We have a Shylock board then.

Qwaliteee

Yep. I liken them more to the senate of Ancient Rome, with Emperor Kroenke fiddling, whilst this club’s chances of reaching top four and competing for the Premiership and the ECL continue to go up in smoke.

MumbaiGooner

I really hope nobody tells AMN otherwise. It’s something that ties us to the club in the upheaval Arsenal is going through, these players who have been at the club since Wenger. I really hope we see him, Bukayo Saka (I know we aren’t selling him), and Hector Bellerin still at the club come 6th October.

qutubkhan dohadwala

“My heart is in the club”..Sell others(Kola, Torreira, Guendouzi, Sokratis, Mustafi) but not AMN and Emi, they’ll bleed to the the jersey.

Qwaliteee

Top post. Well said.

Although I personally would be inclined to keep Lucas Torreira – he has the quality to still make a massive contribution to our aspirations.

Goonerink

If arsenal were linked with a young English utility player who puts in performances like these we would be looking at 35m quid easy.

Don’t sell him.

Obama Young

The offer from Wolves was less than 20 million. It wouldn’t be enough to fund anything much more than an older lesser replacement.

And if we sell him to Wolves, that helps them, and then they go on and sell Doherty to Spurs, which helps Tottenham. We should be helping ourselves instead and keeping AMN.

Qwaliteee

Wolves were being cheeky and taking the piss – and they knew it. They put in a stupid offer because – as the rest of the football world knows – this Arsenal board are more than capable of shooting the club in both foot. In fact, make that both feet. Repeatedly.

PEA14

Yup. Agreed. Pay £50m to get AMN, keep him if no one gonna pay that amount. Does my intention to keep him sound too obvious

Qutubkhan

My heart is in the club”..Sell others(Kola, Torreira, Guendouzi, Sokratis, Mustafi) but not AMN and Emi, they’ll bleed for the jersey.

Fuzz

sounds promising!

trugun

Cannot for the life of me understand why the club would let AMN go, he is only going to get better. From way back in the early Wenger days an ideal Arsenal player was described as coming through the Arsenal ranks and being steeped in Arsenal DNA, Ainsley is exactly that.

Richard

…and he’s better than Soares who we signed…why exactly?

thw14

I’m good with the Soares signing because it’s cheap LB+RB backup.

I also want AMN to stay, he’s exactly the sort of Swiss Army Knife player who could keep the manager’s tactics fresh in big knockout games. Plus it’s a 60 game season nowadays, plenty of games to go round especially for versatile players.

Board’s trying to cash in because all the king’s men can’t move players who need to be moved like Kolasinac. But that can’t justify some BS book balancing exercise.

Sank

It’s an existing time to be an Arsenal fan

Auba pls sign. I Don’t know why but I feel he will sign and be an legend

Get cebellos/Partey and aouer and we are ready to go.

ADiddleDog

Its an exciting time to be existing as an Arsenal supporter!

K9ine

World is still a better place when Arsenal win

menace2society

AMN is a quality player, he’s still young and learning his trade at one of the best clubs in the world, let’s not make the same mistake with him as we did with Serge Gnabry!!

shokim

We should not sell AMN. There are others who should be out the door before him that’s for sure.

loose_cannon

Sign Auba, keep AMN and crack on. It really should be that simple!

bad adi

“I’m an Arsenal player until I’m told otherwise” Cause that’s how it works.
Good to know Ainsley is up to date on arseblog stuff.

Wilshere's Middle Finger

Love this!!

Non flying Dutchmen

I feel for PEA the delay relates to the Messi situation. He’d probably stay at Arsenal for anything other then Barca. Probably the club see the potential to cash in big with the Catalans in a desperate situation

Must admit I could live with it so long as a decent enough replacement was secured.

I think he could be subject to another triangle deal with Gabrial Jesus coming to
us.

Heavy Gunner

Ainsley reminds me so much of my old mate George who I worked together with in 1970- a heart of gold- didn’t smile a lot, but when he did- it over shone the sun. My man always- stay with us..

The optimist with little hope

I love those two lads. Arteta looks to be doing all he can to keep them.

Teryima Adi

Somebody should tell Kroenke that both of these guys need to stay.

Qwaliteee

Exactly. It’s time for Arsenal fans to get vocal again and remind this board of their shallow promises.

Cazorla

Nice one boys! A great day to be an arsenal fan too COYG ???

DefaultGray

England call up needs to be the end of any discussion of AMN leaving the club. Been WAY too long since we had an England international in the squad, pains me every time Southgate announces nothing but Spurs cheats like Kane, Alli and Dier

Dave cee

Love this comment!

Group captain mandrake

I really hope the keep AMN.

Joshua Oduah

Really don’t know why you guys take too much to what you hear on the media, Arteta has said he likes the player and wants to keep him, the player has said he loves the club, now we ve moved on to ‘the board wants to sell him to raise funds’ can we just wait to see these things materialize before running overdrive on speculation!

Olakunle Ogunbiyi

Your one of the very few arsenal fans with sense.

Juicefresh

I love Ainsley. I don’t want him to leave.
But, I’m genuinely interested in how my fellow gooners would feel with him playing cm or on the wing as a starting xi player.
I’m playing devils advocate but if Gabriel signs he’s our left cb in a three and Tierney goes lwb.
For me AMN goes RB or 1 of a midfield 3 but both are not guaranteed….
Very hard to know. He’s great and versatile but is he starting….. view’s appreciated

Dave cee

Guendouzi is done at Arsenal, so after Xhaka and Elneny there is really only AMN and Torreira. And Torreira could be off too, didn’t make the squad today. If we can get rid of Kola there will be plenty of games for Ainsley and we can use this season to really assess what his future holds.

Lupatelli

An exciting time to be an arsenal fan

Robby

Arsenal 4 ever

Wingston75

Ainsley’s just been called up to the England squad. Well done, lad! And happy birthday!

Arthur Harriott

Well done but there is still a lot of work needed for us to get to where Arsenal football club should be .

Thomas okechukwu

I am proud to be a gunner, we must not lose our captain

Thomas okechukwu

Great birthday cake from our captain

Tierneys tescobag

So happy for AMN. What a positive development his career has had the last 4-5 months. Hope he stays!

Mizog

Martinez got the no1 shirt prove me wrong

Atid

Definitely wears no.26 Leno is no.1,lol

Seriously though such a tough call, hope arteta can manage both their expectations and give them an equal amount of matches across 4 competitions

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

They still have that “ten appearances in the league and you get a medal if the team wins” thing, don’t they? If so I would hope to see Martinez get his ten appearances (at least, plus a decent share of the FA Cup and Euro games), just in case 🙂

Santori

Well lets see if he backs it up with his signature.

I’m not sure a Willian signing convinces anything, Manghales maybe will build something but one wonder signing…