Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he will not look to quit Arsenal in the January transfer window.
The striker, 30, has just under 18 months left on his current contract and it’s not clear whether he will sign a new deal with the Gunners facing an uphill battle to reach next season’s Champions League.
Things have got a bit better since Mikel Arteta became Arsenal boss but it’s still not clear where Aubameyang’s future lies.
He’s scored 15 goals in all competitions this season and helped his side claim a creditable 2-0 win over Manchester United on New Year’s Day.
And after the match, the Gabon international hit out a speculation that he wants to quit the north London club.
He told RMC: “The English press likes to talk a lot. For now, I’m here. I’m 100% here.”
Aubameyang produced a captain’s effort at the Emirates Stadium against the Red Devils and even earned comparisons to Liverpool star Roberto Firmino.
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However, as they did during their defeat against Chelsea on December 29, Arsenal tired after the break.
And Arsenal defender David Luiz admitted he and his teammates are not necessarily up to the levels of fitness that Arteta wants.
“We did a great first half and we were a mature team in the second half because we have to be honest and humble to admit that physically we are not ready,” he told BT Sport.
“We showed that second half [in the 2-1 loss to Chelsea] and we showed that today. But when physically you are not there you have to put your hearts and this team is in the moment now to change a lot of things,” adding things will take time to change.
“We can not change zero to 10 in one day. one week, or one month. But it is beautiful to see the kids how they start to understand the commitment, the behaviours and what they have to do every single day to achieve big things in life and big things in football.
“So I think we showed that today and we are going to do big things in the future, but step-by-step.”