Here are your Arsenal morning headlines for Sunday, August 2.
Lacazette: No talks about my future
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette says he has not spoken to the club about his future at the Emirates.
The Frenchman, who started the Gunners’ FA Cup final win over Chelsea, has been linked with a move away from north London this summer.
However, the 29-year-old, who still has two years left on his Arsenal deal, insists his focus has been solely on finishing the season strongly under Mikel Arteta.
“No, we didn’t talk about this,” Lacazette said via Sky Sports.
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“Me, I’m just playing my games and finishing the season to see how it’s going to be but we didn’t talk about anything.”
Lacazette also explained that his future will not be impacted by Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has also been linked with a move away.
“No, because we know that Auba has a lot of discussions with the club and I can’t put my future on someone else,” he said.
Ceballos reveals desire to stay at Arsenal
Dani Ceballos has explained that he would choose to stay at Arsenal for the 2020/21 season if given the opportunity.
The Spaniard has been a key figure at the club in recent months under Arteta, but Arsenal are yet to agree a loan extension or transfer with Real Madrid.
“I have been very happy at Arsenal,” Ceballos told El Pais.
“Logically it is a season that will be marked by the pandemic and the whole world will affect us. Except for that, I have been very happy because the fans, the teammates and the two coaches that I have had have wrapped me up.
“If I had to choose Arsenal again, I would.
“When I have had continuity, like now at Arsenal, I have been enjoying and developing good football. My hope is to continue at this level: right now I feel like the leader of this important team, a player with stripes.
“Surrounded by people who believe in you, it is easier to believe in people. When you play like this and you also have the confidence of the coach everything is easier.”
Arteta saved my career – Xhaka
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has outlined the key role Arteta played in rescuing his career after being stripped of the club captaincy.
Xhaka was replaced as captain by Unai Emery in October after reacting angrily to fans who booed him off the pitch against Crystal Palace.
However, the Switzerland international has found a new lease of life under Arteta and paid tribute to the Spaniard following Saturday’s cup triumph.
“Everyone knows what happened with me and the fans. It was not a nice time,” he told BT Sport.
“Sometimes this happens in life, maybe sometimes you need this to be back in reality and say ‘listen, I have to work more’.
“I was very, very close to leaving the club. Until this time, I had…