Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has accused the media of “making up stories” linking him with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
The 30-year-old has been the subject of recent speculation with claims he is unhappy in north London as the Gunners toil in the Premier League.
But, writing in his programme notes ahead of Monday’s FA Cup third-round clash with Leeds, the Gabon striker insisted he was staying put.
“I would also like to react to some of the rumours that are going around about me in the media,” he wrote.
“People like making up stories and they should focus on what’s happening on the pitch. They talk too much and it does my head in!
“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.”
Aubameyang was originally named as Arsenal’s vice-captain in the summer after former head coach Unai Emery held a vote among his squad to appoint a new skipper.
He was then handed the armband when Granit Xhaka was stripped of the role for telling supporters to “f**k off” as he was jeered off during a home draw with Crystal Palace in October.
Aubameyang has since kept the captain’s duty following the appointment of new head coach Mikel Arteta.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Jerome Boateng and made an official approach to Bayern Munich for the player, according to a report.
The Gunners were linked with Boateng last month with the The Daily Star reporting the veteran Boateng was at the top of their shortlist.
Initial reports had indicated the Bundesliga champions wanted a €15m (£12.75m) fee for Boateng, who earns a hefty €230,000 (£195,000) a week at the Allianz Arena.
But according to Bild, Bayern are prepared to waive the transfer fee if Arsenal agree to pick up Boateng’s contract in full; thus ensuring they avoid an expensive pay-off for the 31-year-old former Man City man. Read more…