Mikel Arteta speaks out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future and clarifies January transfer plans

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang produced a captain’s performance against Man Utd (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta insists he has not contemplated the prospect of losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.Arsenal’s club captain is reported to have told his new manager he wants to leave the club amid doubts the Gunners are capable of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.The 30-year-old appeared to be fully committed to the cause last night as he led from the front with a superb display in a morale boosting 2-0 win over Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.Afterwards, the 30-year-old told, who has 18 months remaining on his current contract, told RMC: ‘The English press likes to talk a lot. For now, I’m here. I’m 100% here.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd asked if there was any danger of Aubameyang, who has 15 goals in all competitions this season, leaving this month with the transfer window open, Arteta said: ‘I don’t even think about that possibility [of him leaving] with Auba. I want him here.’ Mikel Arteta speaks out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future and clarifies January transfer plans Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Jan 2020 3:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link592Shares Comment Arteta speaks after Arsenal beat Man Utd 2-0To 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 6:30FullscreenArteta speaks after Arsenal beat Man Utd 2-0https://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-speaks-arsenal-beat-man-utd-2-0-2079544/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.Unai Emery’s permanent replacement was warned before taking the job he would be forced to work with limited funds in the January window, despite Arsenal’s precarious position in the league.The Gunners have been linked with moves for the likes of Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar, but Arteta played down the expectation that the north London club would spend heavily in the transfer market.Arsenal have reportedly renewed their interest in Red Bull Leipzig centre-half Dayot Upamecano and Arteta did admit that a serious injury to Calum Chambers, who will miss up to nine months with knee ligament injury, has altered his transfer priorities.He said: ‘We’re going to try to be in the market to see options that can strengthen the team. That’s for sure. That’s our obligation. We’re going to be working on 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‘My obligation is to give my opinion on the things I think we can improve.‘Obviously we have some bad injury with Calum [Chambers] a few days ago that is going to change our plans at the back. But the reality at the moment is we’re not going to be able to do much.‘I’m more concerned at the moment to get people back from injuries than signings and try to improve the players we have here, get everybody on board with what we’re trying to do. If something extra comes up and we think it’s the right opportunity let’s do it.’Will Arsenal make any signings in January?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Mikel Arteta asked Arsenal stars to help him convince Granit Xhaka to snub Hertha Berlin transferMORE: Rio Ferdinand identifies the key change in Mesut Ozil under new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Newcastle announce profit

first_imgNewcastle have recorded a profit for the second successive year, the club has revealed. The Magpies have released financial figures for the year ending June 2012 which show that the club made a profit after player amortisation of £1.4million. That is significantly down on the previous year’s level of £32.6million, although that was due largely to the £35million sale of striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool. Newcastle have also re-entered the list of the world’s top 20 revenue-generating clubs after increasing turnover by 5.4 per cent to £93.3million. That figure includes a rise of 14.6 per cent in television income as a result of their fifth-placed Barclays Premier League finish, a figure which is set to be boosted further by the bumper new broadcasting deal. However, while operating costs have remained steady at £21.6million, operating profit fell from £13.3million to £7.5million, and the club’s wage bill rose by 20 per cent to £64.1million as a result of the addition of the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Davide Santon, Papiss Cisse and the now departed Demba Ba to Alan Pardew’s squad. That represents an increase in the wages-to-turnover ratio of 8.1 per cent to 68.7 per cent. Although attendances at St James’ Park rose to an average of 49,936 during the period – an increase of 2,190 on the previous year – ticket revenue dropped by seven per cent because of a series of pricing initiatives. Commercial revenue too was down by 12.7 per cent, although the figures do not include the Magpies’ new partnership with Wonga, which they say “represents a significant increase on the club’s previous commercial agreements”. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more