Mikel Arteta sends warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Arsenal transfer targets

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 14 months to run on his deal (Picture: Getty)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 14 months to run on his deal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he’s not interested in having to convince players to join or stay at the club.

The Spaniard signed Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari in January but Arteta had been expected to make sizeable changes in the summer transfer market.

The coronavirus pandemic is set to impact those plans but the fundemantals of Arteta’s ambitions remain, with the Spaniard keen on signing a centre-back, defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder this summer.

As well as additions, Arteta wants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to commit his future to the club with the Gabon international having just 14 months left on his existing deal.

However, Arteta has suggested he will not pander to Aubameyang’s situation by insisting he’s not interested in players that aren’t committed to either joining or staying at the club.

Arteta says he shouldn’t have to convince players to join the club (Picture: getty)

Speaking to Ian Wright about signing players, Arteta expanded: ‘The moment we mention Arsenal you know what it means around the world.

‘Everybody wants to come here. We have a very clear idea of what we are. It doesn’t need much convincing and if they do then it’s not a good starting point.

‘If i have to convince a player to stay or join us [grimaces] then I am a little bit [makes noise]…. it holds me back a little bit.

‘It has to be ‘I want to play for that club, they represent the values and style of play i want’ that’s the emotion I want to see here. same with the players that are here, what’s your feelings, what are the things that you have towards the club. that’s what interests me.’

Aubameyang has attracted interest from Barcelona and reports in Spain claim the Gunners would accept a bid of around £30m for the former Dortmund man.

Manchester United and Chelsea would both like to sign the forward but Arsenal would rather sell abroad, though their preference remains to keep him.

Aubameyang was appointed club captain last autumn after Granit Xhaka was stripped of the armband.

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