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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang & Ainsley Maitland-Niles speak out on their Arsenal futures


first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang & Ainsley Maitland-Niles speak out on their Arsenal futures Advertisement Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the decisive penalty in Arsenal’s Community Shield win over Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hinted his future at Arsenal will become clearer within in a matter of days.The Gunners skipper underlined his importance to Mikel Arteta’s side with another decisive Wembley performance, hot on the heels of matchwinning displays against Manchester City and Chelsea in last season’s FA Cup triumph.Aubameyang opened the scoring in the first-half with a superb curling effort from the edge of the penalty area, capping a flowing move which had started with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.Liverpool’s superior fitness levels began to tell in the second period and Takumi Minamino deservedly drew Jurgen Klopp’s side level in the 73rd minute with his first goal for the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNeither side was able to force a winner in the closing stages and the game was ultimately decided in a shootout with the Gunners triumphing 5-4. James GoldmanSaturday 29 Aug 2020 7:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.5kSharescenter_img Ainsley Maitland-Niles impressed again as Arsenal defeat Liverpool on penalties at Wembley (Picture: Getty)After the match, Aubameyang, who stroked home the winning spot kick, was asked to clarify his future, and said: ‘We’re going to see in these days. Today we take the trophy, 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.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe future of utility player Ainsley Maitland-Niles, meanwhile, is also the subject of intense speculation with both Wolves and Tottenham expressing an interest in a player Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep. Maitland-Niles was awarded the man-of-the-match award and insisted he sees himself as an Arsenal player until told otherwise. ‘I’m an Arsenal player until I’m told otherwise,’ said the 23-year-old, who also scored in the shootout. ‘He has to be able to convince me every three days,’ said Arteta of the England Under-21 international. ‘At the moment he’s showing he can do it. The best way to show a player what I think of him is whether he plays or not.’MORE: Lucas Torreira’s agent tells Mikel Arteta to make decision on Arsenal star’s futureMORE: Paul Merson urges Arsenal to make ‘big statement’ by completing Gabriel Magalhaes transfer Comment Advertisementlast_img

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