Arsenal boss Emery: Aubameyang is staying
Gunners striker has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium
25 July, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
Unai Emery: ‘We want to be very aggressive in the attacking third and moving forward to score with him’
ARSENAL fans can breathe a sigh of relief after boss Unai Emery insisted this week that he has no intention of selling star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of the new season.
Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Premier League rivals Manchester United after scoring 41 goals in 65 appearances for the Gunners since joining from Borussia Dortmund for £56million in January 2018.
There have also been reports linking the Gabon forward with a move to China.
But speaking after the Gunners’ defeat on penalties to Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday, Emery made it clear that Aubameyang remains part of his plans for the coming season.
“We are very happy with him and we don’t want to sell him. It’s not really in our mind,” the Spaniard told the club’s official website.
“Aubameyang can play like a striker alone, like a striker with two and can play as a winger on the right or the left. We want to be very aggressive in the attacking third and moving forward to score with him.
“But, above all, with Aubameyang, we can take different options with him and he is very good and very rich for us.”
There is one player heading for the Emirates exit, however, after Emery said he only wants to work with “players that want to be here”.
Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny refused to travel with the rest of the squad for their pre-season matches in the US and now Gunners gaffer Emery is preparing for life without the 33-year-old.
“I tried to continue working and finding one solution between the club, between him and us,” added Emery.
“When he decided not to come here with us on tour, the solution is now only for the club and him. He decided to be out.
“I respect him but I have a responsibility, and the club have their responsibility.
“My idea is to continue with the players we are working with, and the players that want to be here.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s hopes of landing Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan could be over after Madrid picked up a serious injury to one of their key players during Wednesday’s friendly.
Marco Asensio will miss the majority of the 2019-20 season after he ruptured knee ligaments against the Gunners, sparking fears that the Spanish giants will now keep hold of Ceballos as cover.
“I don’t know what will happen now,” admitted Emery.
“It could be bad news, for them and also for us. I don’t know if it can change something.”