Mikel Arteta was pleased to see his Arsenal side overcome a tough FA Cup test against Leeds but was even happier to read Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s programme notes.
The striker was not involved in the Gunners’ 1-0 win over the Championship side, settled by Reiss Nelson’s second-half strike, but contributed to a good evening by committing his future to the club and saying speculation regarding a January exit was brought about by people “making things up”.
He said in his column: “I am the Arsenal captain. I love this club. I am committed to it and desperate to bring it back to the top, where it belongs.”
That was music to Arteta’s ears and the boss is happy the story can finally be put to bed.
“I was thrilled about that and really happy,” he said.
“His commitment since the day I walked through that door has been phenomenal, the work he has been putting in, his attitude around the place with the players.
“He has done it (ended speculation), I do it, I want him here and I am so happy with him, so hopefully that is the end of the story.”
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