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Arteta tight-lipped on Arsenal transfer plans

Mikel Arteta has refused to be drawn on Arsenal’s transfer plans for January, whilst admitting that the club are working on a few things.

The Spanish manager was asked about reports linking the Gunners for a move for Bayern Munich centre-back Jérôme Boateng, but he refused to elucidate on the matter further, saying “we don’t talk about any transfers, and we are working on a few things, When the club has something to say I will let you know”.

He was talking after his side defeated Leeds United in the FA Cup on Monday night, winning by a single Reiss Nelson goal, but only after Arteta had to deliver an angry half-time team talk following a first half in which he side were completely outplayed by the side from the Championship.

Arteta also responded positively to comments by club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who used his programme notes for the game against Leeds to reaffirm his commitment to the club, and dismiss talk of a move away from the Emirates, saying “His commitment since the day I walked through that door has been phenomenal, the work he has been putting in, his attitude around the place with the players.

“He has done it (ended speculation), I do it, I want him here and I am so happy with him, so hopefully that is the end of the story.”

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