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Aubameyang shrugs off bug to make Arsenal bow

The Arsenal target wearing a black hooded-jumper heads towards an entrance at the airport The Arsenal target wearing a black hooded-jumper heads towards an entrance at the airport
Nellie Chapman | 04 February, 2018, 19:06

With Mesut Ozil signing a new deal and committing his future to Arsenal, the link up in the Arsenal forward line serves up a mouthwatering prospect.

The German's previous deal was set to run out in June 2018 and following Alexis Sanchez's sale to Manchester United, many had expected Ozil to follow suit.

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh MKhitaryan also arriving, Wenger is planning on deploying an attack full of quality, having already acquired Alexandre Lacazette in the summer.

Tipped off that the 21-year-old striker from a nation with scant football pedigree might turn out special, Wenger invited him to Monaco 30 years ago.

The Independent's Miguel Delaney revealed "Mourinho had a specific tactical role in mind" for the Germany global but changed his thinking once United completed a deal for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in January. Wenger revealed that he would take a late call on midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is also unwell. "The 70 percent [teams] do not always win, they lose many games against the 30 [teams]". After all, he has tied his future to a club sixth in the Premier League, eight points adrift of the top four and a place in next season's UEFA Champions League.

The Gabon global will be reunited at the Emirates Stadium with former Dortmund teammate Mkhitaryan - a tweet on Arsenal's Twitter account pictured the two players together with the message "Friends reunited".

But Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, speaking after his side's 1-1 draw with Burnley on Wednesday, said: "He is a player who can fight with defenders, challenge and score goals". I think that's why it's a little bit easier on the pitch'.

He has four goals and seven assists in his last 14 Premier League outings, and with Aubameyang another target for him you can only envisage those stats improving further.

"He wanted to stay in London and I believe we owe Olivier Giroud a lot".

"It makes me feel that they are doing so, so well that they are not letting the others come close to that, as simple as that", said Mourinho when asked how City's dominance made him feel.