Jack Wilshere sends message to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal future

first_imgJack Wilshere sends message to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal future Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out of contract in 2021 (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere says he would stay at the club for at least another season if he was in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s position.Aubameyang scored either side of the break at Wembley on Saturday evening to help Arsenal defeat Chelsea and win the FA Cup for a record 14th time. The brace took Aubameyang to 29 goals in all competitions for the campaign but there remains uncertainty over the striker’s future, with less than 12 months remaining on his contract in north London. Aubameyang shared a dressing room with Wilshere for six months (Picture: Getty)Wilshere admits he was taken aback when Arsenal spent big on the ‘world-class’ forward back in 2018.‘I only played with Aubameyang for six months,’ Wilshere added.‘It was almost like a shock because at Arsenal we weren’t used to spending £60m on a world-class player.‘And there were rumours and all of a sudden it happened and he was there.‘In his first game, he scored [against Everton] and we all knew he was special. He’s definitely up there.’ Advertisement Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:52FullscreenArsenal 2-1 Chelsea: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-2-1-chelsea-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2221606/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.It’s understood the Gunners could be tempted to cash in on in the Gabon international if he decides against putting pen to paper on a new deal this summer. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about the speculation surrounding Arsenal’s captain, Wilshere told talkSPORT: ‘It’s massive for the club that they get him to stay. You can see what he brings.‘I was there when he signed and straight away from the first training session, you knew that he was world class. He scores goals with his left and right foot, he can beat a man.‘I was lucky enough to play with a few players like that, but he was one of the best. Will Aubameyang still be an Arsenal player next season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results‘If I was in his shoes? Arsenal’s a massive club. He’s the captain, the fans love him, he’s got the respect of the whole club.‘If I was him I’d stay, but it’s easy for me to say that. Listen, as I said, it’s important they keep him because he’s their go-to man, he’s their best player, he’s their leader.‘When the team is down, everyone looks to him to do something and he’s come up with the goods.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 3 Aug 2020 3:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Wilshere is in the dark about what’s going on with Ozil (Picture: Getty)Wilshere says he’s been ‘surprised’ by Mesut Ozil’s absence from the side, considering the German would be ‘unbelievable’ feeding balls into Aubameyang. ‘In terms of his footballing ability, I loved playing with him,’ the West Ham midfielder said.‘He’s one of my favourite players to play with. He’d give you the ball at the right time, the right pace.‘So I’m surprised he’s not playing, but I don’t know what’s going on there with that.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘There must be something that we don’t know because I can’t see why he’s not playing in terms of his footballing ability.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Especially with Aubameyang, the type of player he is, you can imagine Ozil sat behind him feeding him balls. It would be unbelievable.‘It’s obviously something that we don’t know about. I’m sure [Mikel] Arteta has definitely got a plan and he’s putting that into practice.‘I’m sure we’re going to find out in the next couple of weeks what’s been going on.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 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IMF: Barbados economy slowing down

first_imgThe Washington based International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed concern about Barbados’ large fiscal deficit, high debt and low foreign reserves.IMF executive directors concluded in the Article IV consultation that after an improved economic performance in 2016, the Barbados economy is slowing down.Bolder structural reforms neededThe directors emphasized that a stronger macroeconomic framework and bolder structural reforms are needed to achieve fiscal and debt sustainability, address the large financing needs, build adequate international reserves, and boost growth.While they welcomed the government’s consolidation efforts over the past two fiscal years, the directors stressed that additional efforts will be necessary to balance the budget over the medium term, given the urgency in tackling the high debt, meeting the funding requirements, and addressing the balance of payment needs.They recommended that adjustment measures should focus on expenditure, primarily supported by reform of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs).Contain wage bill“Efforts to contain the wage bill and reform of government pensions, while improving revenue administration and broadening the tax base, including reducing exemptions, would also be important,” the lending agency said.The directors emphasized that a comprehensive restructuring of SOE operations is critical to address the structural imbalance in the public sector, in particular by reducing government transfers.They also said priority should be given to defining clear objectives for SOE reform and implementing the Public Financial Management and Audit Act, as well as other measures.Phase out central bank supportThe IMF also encouraged the authorities to continue efforts to phase out direct financing of the government by the central bank and to reorient monetary policy towards supporting the fixed exchange rate regime.The Washington based institution called for steps to ease the recent increase in statutory requirements for banks to hold government securities.last_img read more