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ARSENAL enjoyed a great day on and off the pitch as they won the Community Shield and Mikel Arteta revealed he believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has decided to stay with the club.
And the Gunners are edging ever closer to signing Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.
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AUBA AND IN
Mikel Arteta has revealed he believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been “convinced to stay” with Arsenal.
He then added: “My job is to try to convince him he's at the right place at the right time,” Arteta told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I think we got that and then we have to make the paperwork and that takes a bit of time.”
GOOD MORNING, ARSENAL FANS
It was more Wembley glory for Mikel Arteta as his side lifted the Community Shield on Saturday.
Star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stole the headlines with a sensational opener before scoring the winning penalty.
His future was called into question after the game and he hinted that he will sign a new lucrative contract.
He said: “We're going to see these coming days. Today we get the trophy and that's it.
“We are improving. There is still work to do but I'm really happy and it's an exciting time to be an Arsenal player.”
Arteta was more positive on his future as admitted he “is close” to penning a lucrative deal.
In further transfer news, keeper Emiliano Martinez is wanted by Aston Villa in a £10million move.
But Arsenal will demand at least double that if they are tempted to cash in.
Defender Rob Holding is also edging closer to the exit door and is likely to join Newcastle on a season-long loan.
One player who won't be joining anytime soon is Lyon's Houssem Aouar after he tested positive for coronavirus.
The midfielder is a key target for Arteta as he looks to bolster his squad.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poked fun at his FA Cup drop blunder by tying the Community Shield down with a SEAT BELT.
The Gabon striker gave his Arsenal teammates a right laugh after helping them to a 2-1 win over Chelsea earlier this month by dropping the FA Cup trophy onto the grass.
But after scoring the decisive penalty in Saturday’s Community Shield shoot-out win against Liverpool, Aubameyang took measures to ensure there would be no repeats.
Posting a video to social media, the Gunners captain showed the famous trophy strapped into a seat on the team coach with a seat belt.
Unable to contain his laughter, Aubameyang quipped: “Very important, the seat belt. Very important. Then I can’t drop it!”
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has hinted he is likely to leave Arsenal this summer.
The midfielder has been linked with a £20million move to both Wolves and Tottenham.
When quizzed on his future after the Community Shield win, he said: “I'm an Arsenal player until I'm told otherwise.
“My heart is in the club and while I'm here I'm going to give 100 per cent all the time. So that's that.”
AUBA THE MOON
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is very close to signing a new contract.
The striker kept fans guessing when quizzed after scoring in the Community Shield win.
But the Spaniard remained upbeat that a lucrative £250,000-a-week deal will be agreed.
He said: “Big games, big moments, big players.
“He has responded really well to that kind of pressure. He was magnificent in the FA Cup final and the same today.”
When asked about his new contract, he responded: “We are close.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued to keep fans guessing when quizzed on his future but admitted his excitement to be an Arsenal player.
The Gabon star showed his importance to the team yet again by opening the scoring with a sensational strike in the Gunners' penalty win over Liverpool at Wembley.
Aubameyang, 31, has been locked in negotiations throughout the summer with just a year left on his current contract.
Arsenal are prepared to offer him a three-year deal worth £250,000-a-week to tempt him to stay at the Emirates.
He said: “We're going to see these coming days. Today we get the trophy and that's it.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is lifting another trophy at Wembley.
The Arsenal skipper hoisted the Community Shield at his happy hunting ground this afternoon.
A great start to 2020-21 for Mikel Arteta's side.
The Gunners have won the Community Shield on penalties against Liverpool.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winning spot-kick.
The skipper had earlier bagged the opener in the 1-1 draw.
Arsenal were flawless from the spot and Rhian Brewster's miss handed them the win.
DAN THE FAN
Dani Ceballos applauded his ex-team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Twitter.
Auba gave the Gunners a 1-0 lead over Liverpool in the Community Shield with a stunning strike – much to the pleasure of the Spanish midfielder.
Ceballos has returned to Real Madrid after his loan spell finished at the end of last season – but reports have linked him with a return to the Emirates.
And the 24-year-old tweeted “VAMOS” alongside a clip of the Gabon striker's wondergoal.
ARSENAL 1-0 LIVERPOOL HALF-TIME
The Gunners lead the Community Shield 1-0 at half-time.
Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored yet another Wembley goal.
The Gabonese frontman surely must be signed up by Mikel Arteta.
Liverpool had a Virgil van Dijk goal chalked off but Jurgen Klopp will want more from his troops after the break in the curtain raiser.
Arsenal's showdown against Liverpool kicked off at 4:30pm.
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WORK OF ART
Here's how the Gunners will start today's match…
GO ON, MAIT!
Newcastle are interested in signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles – but are put off by his £25million price-tag.
That is according to the Telegraph, who claim Steve Bruce's side are also considering Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster.
Bruce cannot warrant forking out £25m to sign Maitland-Niles when his summer budget is between £30m-£35m.
The Gunners star made 20 appearances in the Premier League last season.
LAUR AND ORDER
Arsenal legend Lauren will be cheering on the Gunners this afternoon.
Mikel Arteta's men will be up against Premier League champions Liverpool – with kick-off at 16:£0.
ON YOUR MARTS…
Gabriel Martinelli is “walking again” as he aims to return to full fitness for Arsenal.
The teenage wonderkid was last seen as an unused substitute in the 2-1 defeat at Brighton in June, before a knee injury ended his debut season with the Gunners prematurely.
Although set to be missing until 2021, the Brazilian is still being backed by fans to make an impact.
And the 19-year-old himself appears to have a clear idea over the position in which he is best equipped to do so – although will happily sacrifice himself for the team.
Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai has decided to stay at RB Leipzig as he wants to “play another season in the Champions League”.
He told the club's official website: “I have spoken with my family and my agent.
“I want to play another season in the Champions League with Salzburg.”
Newcastle are leading the race to sign Rob Holding on loan, according to David Ornstein.
The two clubs are expected to reach an agreement following today's Community Shield clash.
Holding is expected to join Steve Bruce's side on a season-long loan – but it is not likely to include the option for a permanent deal.
The defender has made 39 Premier League appearances for the Gunners since joining from Bolton four years ago.
WILL I NEVER
Mikel Arteta has been impressed by Willian's winning mentality since he arrived at Arsenal from Chelsea.
Ahead of the clash against Liverpool, the Gunners boss said: “I want players who are optimistic and willing and they want to win for our club.
“That is the feeling I got from the first day I met Willian.
“He is not satisfied with what he has done in his career, which is a lot, and he is going to bring some special qualities for our team.”
GUNNER WIN IT?
Here's how the start of the season is looking for Arsenal…
The Gunners have paid tribute to Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman following his death.
Here's some interesting stats ahead of the Community Shield showdown between Arsenal and Liverpool.
- This will be the fourth time the two teams have met in the Community Shield final (previously in 1979, 1989 and 2002).
- Arsenal have won seven of their last nine Community Shield appearances.
- Excluding league games, Liverpool have won just one of their last seven games at Wembley.
GIFT OF THE GAB
Paul Merson reckons it will be a “big statement” from Arsenal if they sign Gabriel Magalhaes.
The centre-half is close to sealing a £27million move from Lille to North London.
Merson told Starsport: “If Arsenal sign Gabriel Magalhaes I think it's a big statement because of all the other clubs that wanted him.
“If Arsenal have managed to get him in without having Champions League football to offer, I think that's huge.
“I like what Mikel Arteta is doing. But there are plenty of teams around them getting better as well.”
After much speculation, it's now becoming clear Mikel Arteta will be employing a back-three for the 2020-21 season.
After a number of different looks last term, the Spanish boss may finally have settled on his best formation.
After cautiously running a 3-4-3 for the friendly against MK Dons, it now looks certain Arsenal will line-up in that manner for the Community Shield against Liverpool.
With Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi set to be axed and Dani Ceballos' loan deal yet to be made permanent, Arteta's options are limited.
Here's how the Gunners could start…
Mikel Arteta fears the season is on a knife-edge due to Covid-19.
Five England stars have tested positive – as well as a spate of Premier League aces.
On Thursday, Paul Pogba and Tanguy Ndombele returned positive results for Covid-19.
Arsenal boss Arteta also had the virus in March.
Asked if the new season was already at risk, he said: “Yes, we are going to have many more cases.
“There are uncertainties we cannot control.”
Arsenal may have received a timely boost in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey.
The Gunners have been eyeing the midfielder for a long time but have not yet been willing to meet his £45m release clause up front.
However, Spanish journalist David Vinuesa Malbac claims Atleti are “economically drowned”, despite adding that they are still demanding the £45m clause in full.
Atletico are also close to signing a potential replacement in Espanyol's Marc Roca.
The holding midfielder, who had previously been linked with the Gunners, is set to join the club for £13m.
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