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Arteta on… the latest on Aubameyang’s future

Mikel Arteta says the fact Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is "loved, respected, and admired by his team-mates" gives him hope that he will sign a new deal.

Our head coach was once again asked about the Gabon international, and he spelled out the reasons why he feels positive that the forward will stay in north London.
"I don't know, it is the way that I feel!" Arteta said. "The way that I communicate with him, the conversations that I have with him and the people around him. It is the energy I sense.
"It is just my opinion, things change in football very quickly but when you ask me in that moment how I feel about Auba's future, in this moment I feel that he wants to continue with us and keep developing and help us to become a better team.
"He needs to feel he belongs somewhere that he believes we can achieve the goals that he has individually and collectively for a long time.
"He is very settled in the city, his family are really happy here as well I think, and he is loved, respected and admired by his team-mates, which is a huge thing to have at any football club.
"So that's what gives me positivity, as well because I see the enjoyment he is having, the work-rate that he puts in all the time, and the decisions that he makes every time. So that is where my feelings are coming from."

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