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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coy over his Arsenal future after starring in FA Cup win

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s Arsenal future remains unclear despite firing the Gunners to FA Cup glory at Wembley.

The striker helped the Gunners come from behind to seal a 2-1 win after grabbing both goals, enabling him to lift his first piece of silverware as club captain.

Yet the 31-year-old is in the final year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium and refused to commit to a new deal as the celebrations kicked off after the final whistle on Saturday.   

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal came from behind to defeat Chelsea 2-1 in Saturday's FA Cup final

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal came from behind to defeat Chelsea 2-1 in Saturday's FA Cup final

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal came from behind to defeat Chelsea 2-1 in Saturday’s FA Cup final

‘I’m really not thinking about this. I just want to enjoy this with the guys and take the trophy,’ he told BT Sport.

‘I think we deserved the win. Everyone gave their best today for the team and yeah, we deserve it. The journey has been long but today we’re enjoying this great game.’

Although the FA Cup win means Arsenal have now qualified for the Europa League next term, it still may not be enough to convince the striker to stay beyond the summer.

Aubameyang clumsily dropped the Cup shortly before lifting the famous trophy

Aubameyang clumsily dropped the Cup shortly before lifting the famous trophy

Aubameyang clumsily dropped the Cup shortly before lifting the famous trophy

If he declines to extend his stay within the next few weeks, the Gunners may have to consider selling the Gabon international, as they could risk losing him on a free transfer next summer – with overseas club free to negotiate such a deal from as early as January.

Boss Mikel Arteta is hopeful that Aubameyang will remain at Arsenal, joking they could get him used to handling more trophies after clumsily dropping the cup post-match. 

‘He needs more experience with trophies, we can get him more used to that,’ Arteta joked.

But his future at the club remains uncertain as he celebrates above with manager Mikel Arteta

But his future at the club remains uncertain as he celebrates above with manager Mikel Arteta

But his future at the club remains uncertain as he celebrates above with manager Mikel Arteta

‘He knows what I think about him. I want to build the squad around him. I think he wants to stay and it is just about getting the deal done.

‘But I think these moments will help him to realise and believe that we are in the right path and he is a big part of that. He is loved by everybody at the club. Hopefully he can continue with us.’

Arteta lifted his first piece of silverware as manager having only taken over at Arsenal in December.

After admitting that winning the FA Cup as Arsenal boss was the highlight of his career, having also won it as a player at the club, he now hopes that following a mixed half-season at the Emirates that the Wembley triumph can provide a springboard to further success.

Arteta hopes winning the Cup can convince Aubameyang to stay on and lift more silverware with the Gunners

Arteta hopes winning the Cup can convince Aubameyang to stay on and lift more silverware with the Gunners

Arteta hopes winning the Cup can convince Aubameyang to stay on and lift more silverware with the Gunners

‘I am really proud of what we have achieved because I know the difficulties and everything we have been through,’ he added.

‘For me personally it has so tough the last six months with a lot of things that have happened in our lives but I had just one mission when I came here and that was to make the players and staff believe we could do it.

‘We had to change that energy and that mentality and just by seeing them in the dressing room all together, and the way they enjoy their profession and their time together, it makes me more proud and as a consequence of that after we can achieve things and win titles together.’

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Pavlyuchenkova joins Nadal and Bart in pulling out of the US Open due to coronavirus concerns

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Russia‘s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova said on Wednesday that she will not travel to New York to take part in the US Open later this month as organisers could not guarantee her health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The US Open is set to be played from August 31 to September 12 even as the country leads the world with over 4.7million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 157,000 deaths, according to a Reuters.

Pavlyuchenkova, 29, joins the likes of men’s defending champion Rafa Nadal and women’s world number one Ash Barty who pulled out of the Grand Slam out of fear of contracting the novel coronavirus during their stay in the country.

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Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova announced on Instagram she will not travel to New York

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‘I’ve been thinking a lot and decided not to play (the) U.S. Open this year,’ Pavlyuchenkova, ranked 30 in the world, said on Instagram.

‘It wasn’t easy because I hadn’t missed any Grand Slam in my entire career. Tennis is almost everything for me.

‘The main reason is insecurity, (the) U.S. Open doesn’t provide any guarantees. I don’t feel comfortable to travel to USA in such circumstances.

‘From this moment, every player is on his own. My team and I have decided it would be for the best not to participate.’

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the US Open, citing concerns around the coronavirus pandemic

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the US Open, citing concerns around the coronavirus pandemic

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the US Open, citing concerns around the coronavirus pandemic

The Spaniard won the competition last year but said the health situation was 'still complicated'

The Spaniard won the competition last year but said the health situation was 'still complicated'

The Spaniard won the competition last year but said the health situation was ‘still complicated’

Although Barty has pulled out, nine of the women’s top 10 were named in the women’s field while world number one Novak Djokovic headlines the men’s field after organisers released the entry list on Tuesday.

While the men’s ATP Tour is yet to resume since it was suspended in March, the women’s WTA Tour returned this week with a tournament at Palermo where strict guidelines are in place to curb the spread of the virus.

Players are also scheduled to play at the Aug. 20-28 Western & Southern Open in New York, which serves as a warm-up event for the U.S. Open. 

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Aberdeen given go ahead to play Hamilton and St Johnstone fixtures despite new coronavirus lockdown

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Aberdeen’s clash at St Johnstone on Saturday is set to go ahead as planned despite the Granite City being thrust back into lockdown.

A fresh cluster of 54 coronavirus cases has forced First Minister Nicola Sturgeon into ordering a fresh round of restrictions on Aberdeen.

That sparked fears that the new Scottish Premiership season could be thrown into chaos just two weeks in.

Aberdeen have been given go ahead to play Hamilton and St Johnstone fixtures this week

Aberdeen have been given go ahead to play Hamilton and St Johnstone fixtures this week

Aberdeen have been given go ahead to play Hamilton and St Johnstone fixtures this week

But Scottish football’s Joint Response Group has no immediate concerns over the situation, with Hampden bosses currently happy for the Dons’ trip to Perth to go ahead.

Premiership clubs have been given an exemption which has allowed them to resume training and playing matches.

Under the terms of that exemption, players and team staff members are operating in a bubble and must undergo twice weekly testing to ensure any fresh outbreaks are swiftly caught and traced.

The latest round of results, released by the JRG on Tuesday, saw 1274 tests carried out across the 12 Premiership clubs plus Hearts and Glasgow City – with no positive results recorded.

Derek McInnes' team will make the 148-mile round trip to St Johnstone on Saturday

Derek McInnes' team will make the 148-mile round trip to St Johnstone on Saturday

Derek McInnes’ team will make the 148-mile round trip to St Johnstone on Saturday

The new measures introduced by the First Minister saw pubs and clubs in Aberdeen ordered to to shut as of 5pm on Wednesday, while residents also been warned against travelling more than five miles.

But Derek McInnes’ team will be given the green light to make the 148-mile round trip between Pittodrie and McDiarmid Park.

McInnes is hoping to see his team get back on track against Saints after kicking off the new campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Rangers at home on Saturday.

Aberdeen are also in action on Wednesday when they host Hamilton and, as things stand, that game is also unaffected.

While the Reds will carry on with their preparations, their women’s side has announced it is postponing training sessions.

The SWPL2 outfit – who do not start their season until October – tweeted: “Given today’s announcement by the First Minister relating to Aberdeen & some enforced lockdown restrictions, we feel as a club it would be best to postpone ALL training for the remainder of this week and next. We will keep you updated accordingly.”

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Inter vs Getafe LIVE: Stream free, TV channel, score, teams – Europa League round of 16 latest updates

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INTER are taking on Getafe as they aim to show why they’re one of the favourites to win the Europa League.

But they’re unlikely to have it all their own way against a team who stunned Ajax to progress 3-2 on aggregate with a display so stubborn Jose Mourinho would have been proud.

This tie will be decided over one leg in neutral Germany tonight after the first leg was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

  • Inter vs Getafe is live on BT Sport 2.
  • Coverage will commence at 7.45pm – 15 minutes before kick-off.
  • To stream the game live, head to the BT Sport website or app.
  • EE customers can get a FREE three-month BT Sport app trial by texting SPORT to 150. You can then cancel at any time.
  • Inter XI: Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Bastoni; D’Ambrosio, Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Young; R Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez
  • Getafe XI: Soria; Olivera, Etxeita, Djené, Suarez; Cucurella, Timor, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Nyom; Mata

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