Arteta wants Xhaka to stay at Arsenal

Arteta wants Xhaka to stay at Arsenal

Having been handed the captaincy, Aubameyang is willing to put the team ahead of himself in the immediate future, but his long-term prospects are far less certain.

The 30-year-old is entering the final years of his prime and appears desperate to return to a side offering Champions League football. That is looking increasingly unlikely to happen at Arsenal next season, even though the club still believe they have time to qualify.

Arsenal could be without Calum Chambers for the New Year's Day visit of Manchester United after the centre-back suffered a knee injury in the defeat by Chelsea.

"That's what I hope, that I can maintain that level every three or four days", said Arteta.

Aubameyang managed to win a share of the Golden Boot in his first full-season, netting 22 times in the league in 2018/19, though reports in recent weeks have suggested that the Gabon global is 'desperate' for a move away from the Emirates after the clubs continued struggles.

That has alerted major clubs to his availability.

The Arsenal team have complete faith in new manager Mikel Arteta and have found a new energy since he arrived at the club, says midfielder Joe Willock.

The Germany playmaker was fully dialled in as the Gunners bossed the opening half hour, and despite the eventual loss new Arsenal boss Arteta admitted that must now be Ozil's baseline standard.

As another option, it's also suggested that Arsenal might look to recall William Saliba from his loan spell at Saint-Étienne. But sources doubt that Juventus will agree to loan Rabiot for six months, even though the France global has struggled to make an impact since his free transfer from Paris St-Germain.

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They're heading for Arsenal overflowing with confidence as a result, although it's still a work in progress as they try to find a style that best uses the weapons at their disposal, especially against teams that try to sit down and frustrate. He's trying to make a new philosophy.

Arteta said: "Mesut was very effective against Chelsea".

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