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Aubameyang reveals what convinced him to stay and sign new Arsenal deal after Mikel Arteta told him he could leave

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PIERRE-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed what convinced him to stay at the Emirates and sign a new long-term deal – and it all came down to one word.

Manager Mikel Arteta scored a huge coup in convincing the deadly striker to renew his contract, which had entered its final year.

Aubameyang was unveiled signing his three-year contract yesterday

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Aubameyang was unveiled signing his three-year contract yesterday
Gaffer Mikel Arteta's persuasion proved to be crucial to getting the contract deal over the line

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Gaffer Mikel Arteta’s persuasion proved to be crucial to getting the contract deal over the line



Speculation over the summer suggested the player and the club were at impasse and Aubameyang even made some pointed references to the stand-off in his spare time.

But now he has committed to a new three-year deal and become the highest-paid player at the North London club – and the whole league.

The 31-year-old revealed that it was just a single word that convinced him to stay on and remain part of Arteta’s exciting Arsenal project, despite the manager also telling him he could leave if he wished.

He told Ian Wright in a 10-minute video released by the Gunners that boss Arteta told him he can build a “legacy”, which proved to be the breakthrough moment.

The Gabon frontman told the Arsenal legend: “I had quite a lot of time to think about it.

“I mean I’m thinking about it since a year [ago].

“I also had a chat with Mikel, that I think gave me something very clear about the future of the club and about me.

“He was straight and honest, and that’s what I like because we are always honest.

“He said ‘okay, you can maybe leave. I don’t know what your mind is [thinking] right now but you can leave and go for trophies at other clubs or you can stay here and have a legacy.’

“This, for me, was the key word.”

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The Gabon international has become the most important player at the club

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The Gabon international has become the most important player at the club
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Wright was gushing with praise in response, hailing ex-Dortmund striker as “legendary” and adding that he loved Aubameyang’s “pureness” in his relationship with the fans.

The contract signing means the striker leap-frogged Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil as the club’s highest-paid player.

Free signing Willian on £220k-per-week, and fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette on £182k-per-week, follow in third and fourth.

The bulging wage-packed also means Aubameyang has become the highest-paid Prem star full stop.

The club were determined not let him get away despite multiple reports linking him to clubs like Barcelona as far back as January.

His importance was further underlined after Sun Sport calculations found Arsenal would have been just TWO points off the relegation zone last season without his crucial goals.

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English pride dented by dismal showing at US Open as high hopes for Justin Rose evaporate

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The talents of Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton and Justin Rose represented a persuasive case for an English victory in the build-up to the 120th US Open.

Instead, all four were due on a flight to London on Saturday having missed out on the final two rounds at Winged Foot.

This was a halfway cut that proved a deep one for the home challenge.

Justin Rose hit just 21 per cent of fairways over two rounds as he toiled at the US Open

Justin Rose hit just 21 per cent of fairways over two rounds as he toiled at the US Open

In all, 10 of the 13 Englishmen in the field joined stars such as Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth in sitting out the weekend.

Ian Poulter, Danny Willett, Tom Lewis, Andy Sullivan… the casualty list was long, all right.

Indeed, the chances of an English victory at the midpoint appeared to rest with Harris English, who was just two off the lead held by former Masters champion, Patrick Reed. Since he’s a proud American, however, he can hardly be claimed.

Not one Englishman was in the top 20, with the limp challenge spearheaded by 47- year-old Lee Westwood, who was playing in his first event in America since the end of lockdown. Even Westy started his third round with a double bogey on Saturday.

The other two to make it through were Matt Wallace and Paul Casey, the runner-up in the season’s first major, the USPGA in San Francisco last month.

Tyrrell Hatton was unable to continue his positive form after establishing himself in America

Tyrrell Hatton was unable to continue his positive form after establishing himself in America

Casey did well to avoid being a casualty himself after opening with a 76 — he shot 70 on Friday — and did miraculously well to recover from a horror start of five over after seven holes to post a 69 on Saturday.

Wallace, who carded a 73, battled hard as well but it was small pickings when set alongside the rich optimism going into the event.

The best score early on came from Europe Ryder Cup player Alex Noren, who made swift progress through the ranks with a marvellous 67.

So what happened to all those high English hopes of a victory?

Sir Nick Faldo’s magnificent legacy of six majors are supposed to be an inspiration but, in the near 25 years since he stopped winning, it has often appeared more like a millstone.

In the 96 majors since, there have been just two English victories, for Rose at the 2013 US Open and Willett at the Masters three years later. There’s no need to go over the top regarding Fleetwood, Fitzpatrick and Hatton, since all three are still in their 20s and younger than when Faldo acquired his winning habit.

Tommy Fleetwood's best days are ahead of him, but he failed to make the cut at Winged Foot

Tommy Fleetwood’s best days are ahead of him, but he failed to make the cut at Winged Foot

All the same, it is a little worrying when all three bow out prematurely on a course that appeared suited to their strengths.

Fleetwood is a wonderful driver of the ball and one of the best iron players in the game.

Hatton came to the fore on a similarly tough course at Bay Hill in March at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Fitzpatrick is a fairways and greens man and a marvellous putter.

Yet the nearest any of them came to making a challenge was early on Thursday morning, when Hatton birdied the first two holes to briefly hold the lead.

Let’s hope all three come roaring back at the Masters in November but the game becomes a different one when people start speaking in terms of you winning a major, and your own expectation levels start rising. You do wonder whether it played its part in their collective failure.

Hatton, for example, has had a great year and established himself in America, despite all the upheaval caused by the pandemic.

Matt Fitzpatrick showed promising signs but was also cut at the halfway point

Matt Fitzpatrick showed promising signs but was also cut at the halfway point

But one victory and several other good finishes sit jarringly alongside two missed cuts in the two majors staged so far.

All three are fiercely ambitious, so you can be sure they will be searching for their own answers behind closed doors.

More concerning is the precipitous decline of Rose, who is unable to recapture that majestic long game that made him one of the best players in the world for the best part of a decade. In his prime, he’d have been one of the favourites last week, but, over the past 18 months, the 40-year-old has fallen from world No 1 to 20th, mustering just five top five finishes from 35 starts during that time.

In an effort to find a solution, he’s changed coach and changed clubs but he appears no closer to rediscovering any consistency off the tee.

Rose hit just 21 per cent of fairways over the two rounds, including a pitiful three out of 14 on Friday.

Poulter has a bewilderingly bad record at the US Open.

Let his words to his considerable social media following sum up an abject week not only for himself but his English colleagues. ‘As I trudge back to my car, I don’t enjoy playing in US Opens at all… they’re a misery,’ he wrote.

‘I don’t know what else to tell you. They’re just a pain in the a**e.’

England’s Mel Reid is one shot behind leaders Hannah Green and Cydney Clanton at the shortened Portland Classic.

The tournament was reduced to 54 holes because of poor air quality due to wildfires. Australia’s defending champion Green and American Clanton both shot six-under-par rounds of 66. Reid was one of four players in the clubhouse on 67.

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Tadej Podacar on the brink of stunning Tour de France win after Slovenian snatches yellow jersey

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Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia smashed his way to a shock victory in the Tour de France with an extraordinary performance in the 36.2 kilometre individual time trial to La Planche des Belles Filles to grab the final yellow jersey of this year’s race from a struggling Primoz Roglic.

In a stunning turnaround, Pogacar became the youngest Tour de France winner in a century and the second youngest in history as he shattered the 57 seconds advantage of friend and compatriot, Roglic, to take the most unexpected overall victory in the Tour in thirty years.

In what was a sporting collapse on a grand scale, Roglic, overall leader of the Tour since stage nine, never got into a rhythm and steadily lost time through every intermediate check to let slip almost two minutes to his young rival.

Tadej Pogacar celebrates his leader yellow jersey after winning 20th stage of Tour de France

Tadej Pogacar celebrates his leader yellow jersey after winning 20th stage of Tour de France

‘I think I’m dreaming. I don’t know what to say. It’s unbelievable,’ 21 year old Pogacar, racing his first Tour, said. ‘My dream was just to be on the Tour, now I have won. I’m here and now there’s only the last stage. It is unbelievable.’

He revealed too that he had always targeted the time trial as an opportunity to cause an upset. ‘I’m really proud of the team,’ he said, ‘they had real confidence in me. They did such a big effort. To get the yellow jersey on the final day is what we dreamed from the start. We achieved that and it’s amazing.

‘We did a reconnaissance and I knew every corner, every pothole in the road, I knew when to accelerate and that’s congrats to all the team. I pushed to the end and I made it.’

The Slovenian took the jersey from Primoz Roglic in La Planche des Belles Filles time trial

The Slovenian took the jersey from Primoz Roglic in La Planche des Belles Filles time trial

Sunday’s stage to the Champs Elysees is a mere formality that will be contested only by the Tour’s sprinters. Ireland’s Sam Bennett, who has successfully held off seven-time points classification winner, Peter Sagan, in the fight for the green jersey, was looking forward to arriving in Paris.

‘I think when I arrive onto the Champs Elysees, first lap, wearing the green jersey, it’s going to be amazing,’ Bennet said. ‘I’ll probably have a tear in my eye. It’s something you always dream about.’

Bennett is expected to go head to head with Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan, already a winner of two stages, in the most prestigious sprint finish in cycling. ‘I’m just looking forward to doing the best race we can possibly do and see if we can take home another stage,’ the 29 year old Irish rider, winner of stage ten to Ile de Re, said.

Roglic had been dominant throughout the three-week race and never really looked in trouble after first taking the coveted yellow jersey on stage nine in the Pyrenees. Pogacar, speaking afterwards, said: ‘I feel for him.’

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Eddie Nketiah puts pre-season bust up with team-mate Dani Ceballos behind him after Arsenal win

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Eddie Nketiah insists ‘it’s all love’ between himself and team-mate Dani Ceballos after the Arsenal pair put an angry clash behind them to combine for the winning goal against West Ham.

Mikel Arteta’s side made it two wins from two on Saturday night as the Gunners saw off London rivals West Ham 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium to extend their good start to the 2020-21 campaign. 

England U21 star Nketiah and Real Madrid loanee Ceballos clashed at Craven Cottage before the Fulham game after the striker was felled by a heavy challenge dished out by the Spaniard during preparations for the new season.

Eddie Nketiah says 'it's all love' between himself and Dani Ceballos after a bust up

Eddie Nketiah says ‘it’s all love’ between himself and Dani Ceballos after a bust up

The pair combined to clinch the winning goal as Arsenal beat West Ham on Saturday night

The pair combined to clinch the winning goal as Arsenal beat West Ham on Saturday night

However, the pair combined in the final knockings of the game on Saturday, with Ceballos teeing up Nketiah to net the all-important winner.

Nketiah rewarded Arteta’s faith in the youngster, as the boss turned to the academy product to change the game on the 77th minute, and made the vital contribution.

And Nketiah hailed his team-mate Ceballos, saying that ‘it’s all love’ between the two Arsenal stars now.  

‘We had a bit of a coming together,’ the 21-year-old told Sky Sports. ‘The reaction was there. We made up and got on with it. It was nice for him to make the assist. It’s all love now.

Ceballos and Nketiah clashed in pre-season but the pair have put the incident behind them

Ceballos and Nketiah clashed in pre-season but the pair have put the incident behind them

‘It was a great pass across, good vision. I tried to stay onside. It was an easy finish from there.

‘I want to keep improving as a player. It’s a great feeling to come on and score. 

‘West Ham made it very difficult. They came out very strongly in the second half.’ 

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta heaped praise on his young striker following the win on Saturday

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta heaped praise on his young striker following the win on Saturday

Arteta hailed his young striker, who has played an important role since returning from a loan spell with Leeds, after the win over the Hammers. 

‘Eddie can do that every week. He’s hungry and has a great quality to score goals,’ he told BBC Sport.

‘I’m thrilled with the three points. I said before the game how difficult it would be with the way they play. 

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