Xherdan Shaqiri slammed in Switzerland after Liverpool title triumph

‘He is not a champion’: Xherdan Shaqiri slammed in homeland of Switzerland after making just six appearances in Liverpool’s title triumph with boss Arno Rossini saying he has been ‘paid millions’ to be a spectator

  • Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has been criticised by manager Arno Rossini 
  • The 28-year-old has seen his game time limited in Reds’ title triumph this season
  • Shaqiri has been slammed in his homeland of Switzerland by the Swiss boss

Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has been criticised by Swiss manager Arno Rossini following his Premier League title triumph.

The 28-year-old has seen his game time limited at Anfield this season, making just six appearances in the club’s first league title success in 30 years.

Shaqiri’s 2019-20 season has been disrupted by injury but he has not been in Jurgen Klopp’s squad since their 1-0 win at Tottenham on January 11 and he has been slammed in his homeland of Switzerland.

Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri (above) has been criticised by Swiss manager Arno Rossini

Shaqiri pumped his fists upon his arrival at Liverpool’s training ground following title triumph

Shaqiri has been criticised by former FC Sion boss Rossini after Premier League title triumph

‘Xherdan is not a champion,’ former FC Sion manager Rossini told Tio.

‘We certainly cannot say that he left his mark with the teams with which he won. Not with the big guys at least. He was the protagonist in Basle, certainly not at Bayern or Liverpool. 

‘Let’s say that over the years he has often followed the games of his teams as a spectator, sitting in the best places. And millions have also been paid for it.

Shaqiri has made just six appearances in Liverpool’s title-winning season, scoring one goal

Shaqiri has added the Premier League title to three Bundesliga titles he won at Bayern Munich


Basle (2009-2012): Swiss league title x3 and Swiss Cup x2

Bayern Munich (2012-2015): Bundesliga title x3, German Cup x2, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup

Liverpool (2018-present): Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup 

‘This, taking everything into account, makes me think that the Swiss is not one who always gives his best.

‘If not as owner, at least one important reserve role, from first choice on the bench, (he) would otherwise have managed to carve it (a place in the team) out. Instead nothing. Only the crumbs, for a disheartening situation.’

Shaqiri has added the Premier League title to his long list of honours following spells at Basle, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. 

He has won two Champions Leagues, three Bundesliga titles, two German Cups as well as three Swiss league titles.  

‘Of course, Xherdan is filling the bulletin board and seeing his bank account grow dramatically; I don’t know how many, in 10 years, will remember him thinking about the great teams in which he has played,’ Rossini added.

Shaqiri’s only goal of Liverpool’s title-winning campaign so far came in their 5-2 win over Merseyside rivals Everton in December. 

The winger has a contract at the champions until the summer of 2023 but has been linked with a summer move away from the club.

The 28-year-old also won three domestic titles with Swiss outfit Basle between 2009 and 2012

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Angel Gomes 'eyeing move abroad after leaving Manchester United'

Angel Gomes ‘eyeing move abroad after leaving Manchester United… and clubs from Spain, Germany, France and Portugal have all expressed an interest in England youth international’

  • Youngster Angel Gomes left Manchester United to become a free agent on July 1
  • He is now said to be eyeing a move abroad, rather than finding a club in England
  • Teams in Spain, France, Germany and Portugal have expressed interest in him
  • He is yet to agree a deal with a team and is currently assessing various options

Angel Gomes is eyeing a move abroad after leaving Manchester United at the end of June but does not have a deal yet lined up, according to reports.

Gomes was one of United’s brightest young talents but opted against signing the new contract offered to him by the club.

Instead, Gomes became a free agent on July 1 and the Manchester Evening News report that he is considering a move abroad instead of staying in England.

Angel Gomes played his final match for Manchester United in the win over Norwich in January

The 19-year-old has now left the club and is said to be considering a move abroad next

It has been claimed that clubs in Spain, France, Germany and Portugal have all expressed an interest in signing the 19-year-old, but he is yet to decide where his future lies.

Chelsea were another club credited with an interest, but Frank Lampard poured cold water on those rumours this week by insisting the England youth star had ‘not been mentioned’ in any recruitment discussions. 

United will be entitled to a compensation fee when Gomes does eventually join a new side, after he came through the ranks of their academy at Carrington.

The midfielder is the club’s fourth-youngest player in history, and has played in matches in the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

There is a belief within Gomes’ camp that the arrival of Bruno Fernandes to the club blocked the youngster’s path to the first team, and his brother Rico and father Gil then actively explored better deals elsewhere.

It has been reported that while United wanted him to stay beyond the summer, they believe he became distracted over his future and that accounted for his absence from the first-team from late January onwards.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was an admirer of the midfielder but he opted to leave for pastures new

Mason Greenwood made an ‘A’ for Angel Gomes after scoring against Brighton on Monday

Gomes played his last match for United in their 4-0 win over Norwich on January 11, coming on for the final 10 minutes of the victory with the scoreline already tied up. 

His exit was confirmed on Wednesday night when United posted a statement on the club’s website reading: ‘Manchester United can confirm that Angel Gomes has not taken up the offer of a new contract and has, therefore, left the club.

‘Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish Angel the very best of luck for the future and thank him for his efforts for the club.’

Gomes is an England youth international who was part of U17s World Cup winning team in 2017

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Chelsea ace offered to PSG but two English clubs also interested in £27m player

Chelsea have reportedly offered Kurt Zouma to Paris Saint-Germain ahead of the summer transfer window. Two English clubs are also said to be interested in the French defender, who is believed to be valued in the region of £27million.

Zouma has struggled to nail down a starting berth at Chelsea this season, rotating with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori since the turn of the year.

The centre-back has still racked up 34 appearances across all competitions this term but is not considered indispensable to the Stamford Bridge club.


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The Blues are currently in the process of overhauling their first-team squad ahead of next season, having already secured the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

Manager Frank Lampard is now targeting Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell but a new central defender is also on the transfer wishlist.

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And funds need to be raised through player sales in order to fund these deals while space also needs to be made on the wage bill.

With this in mind, Zouma is thought to be the centre-back most at risk of departing in the upcoming window.

The latest report from France suggests the 25-year-old has already been offered to Ligue 1 champions PSG.

TF1 reporter Julien Maynard claims a move from Chelsea has been proposed in the past few days while PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is appreciative of Zouma’s talents.

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However, no discussion has started between the clubs over details of a transfer and two English clubs are also credited with interest in the Blues ace.

One of these is believed to be Tottenham, with Jose Mourinho reportedly keen on the player.

It has even been claimed that Mourinho passed on Zouma’s name to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy as a priority target in the upcoming window.

Meanwhile, it has been suggested that Everton could attempt to re-sign a player who excelled while on loan at Goodison Park last season.


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However, Maynard’s report does not specify the English clubs involved.

Zouma is unlikely to be the only Chelsea player linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, with Michy Batshuayi and Tiemoue Bakayoko also expected to depart.

Atletico Madrid are expected to take up their £48.5m option on Alvaro Morata while the Blues are believed to be willing to listen to offers for Danny Drinkwater, Victor Moses and Davide Zappacosta.

Meanwhile, Emerson Palmieri looks destined for a return to Serie A with Juventus leading the race for the full-back while Marcos Alonso is attracting attention from Inter Milan.

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BBC bosses ban pundits from wearing Black Lives Matter badges

The BBC has banned football presenters and guests from wearing Black Lives Matter badges.

Senior sources at the corporation told The Telegraph they did not want “visual symbols of support” for the antiracism movement to be worn on screen due to concerns it was becoming political.

Broadcasters Sky and BT – who had previously encouraged pundits to wear the badges and displayed the Black Lives Matter logo on graphics – have now left the decision up to personal preference.

Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra reportedly led a move drop the badges for Sky’s Premier League coverage on Tuesday.

But they made a comeback on Wednesday when Evra’s long-time Chelsea counterpart Ashley Cole chose to continue wearing his badge.

A BBC source told The Telegraph they had already made a blanket call: “The BBC cannot be seen to support any kind of cause over another, and Black Lives Matter is certainly a campaign.

“Therefore, we wouldn’t want anyone on-screen to be wearing visual symbols of support.”

They added: “Our presenters and guests can discuss Black Lives Matter, and we've reported on it in depth. We're not impartial about racism. But wearing badges on screen – as with any other campaign – would be a step too far.”

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Concerns came up over the ideology running alongside the antiracism of Black Lives Matter a series of tweets in which the movement’s UK account criticised Israel and its founding principles.

It also called on the British government to “defund the police” in favour of youth services.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola accused the FA of double standards, having received a fine two years ago for wearing a yellow ribbon in solidarity with Catalan politicians put in prison for their role in their independence campaign.

Meanwhile, Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker distanced himself from Black Lives Matter owing to its views on Palestine.

Former Southampton striker Matt Le Tissier said he only wore the Black Lives Matter badge after being asked to do so by Sky and has criticised the group’s “far-left ideology” – saying he could not support its economic aims.

A BBC spokesperson said: “It is long established that BBC broadcasters and journalists don’t tend to wear campaign insignia and badges, and absolutely nothing about that principle has changed.”

Current players are expected to continue wearing shirts emblazoned with ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the back and sleeve, as well as ‘taking a knee’ before every match for the rest of the season, after league chiefs made a distinction between the group and the cause, which was highlighted by the tragic killing of George Floyd.

The Premier League said it recognised “the importance of the message that black lives matter” – opting not to mention the organisation’s name in upper case – but emphasised that it “does not endorse any political organisation or movement, nor support any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity.”

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Keane's 'screaming' rant at Kleberson revealed by Djemba-Djemba

‘Wake up, you just won the World Cup! What’s happened?’: Fiery Roy Keane ‘SCREAMED’ at Man United flop Kleberson says Eric Djemba-Djemba… and the Brazilian made former captain even angrier by SMILING through his rant

  • Eric Djemba-Djemba has lifted the lid on Roy Keane’s furious tirade at Kleberson
  • Keane was one of football’s most notorious hardmen and never gave an inch
  • Djemba-Djemba and Kleberson failed to impress at Old Trafford in two years

Former Manchester United midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba has lifted the lid on Roy Keane’s ‘screaming’ rant at Red Devils flop Kleberson.

Fiery former United captain Keane was one of football’s most notorious hardmen and never gave an inch during his trophy-laden career.

Djemba-Djemba, who scored just two goals in 39 appearances in two years at Old Trafford, has recalled the time Keane launched into a furious tirade at Brazilian midfielder Kleberson. 

Eric Djemba-Djemba lifted the lid on Roy Keane’s ‘screaming’ rant at Red Devils flop Kleberson

Djemba-Djemba recalled the time Keane launched into rant at midfielder Kleberson (above)

Kleberson, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, played alongside Keane for two years

‘Roy Keane had a right go at Kleberson! Kleberson looked like he didn’t want to play with his body language, and wanted to play slowly,’ Djemba-Djemba told

‘I remember one Champions League game at Old Trafford, we went into the dressing room and Roy Keane was screaming at him! 

‘He said “You need to wake-up! You need to give everything, you need to tackle! Why don’t you want to want to play? You just won The World Cup! What’s happened? You need to play better!”

Djemba-Djemba (above) scored just two goals in 39 appearances in two years at Old Trafford

‘It was definitely scary for Kleberson. He was always smiling, and was still smiling when Keane had a go at him, which would have made Keane even more angry.’

Kleberson won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and joined United a year later in a £6.5million move.

But he failed to impress at Old Trafford and departed just after two seasons for Turkish side Besiktas with only two goals from 30 appearances. 

Djemba-Djemba and Kleberson played at United between 2003 and 2005 in which they won the FA Cup alongside Keane. 

Djemba-Djemba has hailed his former team-mate, insisting that Keane and Paul Scholes would have kept current midfield stars Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba out of the United side when he was at the club.

‘Fernandes and Pogba would definitely have been on the bench behind Keane and Scholes,’ he added.

‘Those two were amazing together. Roy Keane was like a coach, like a manager to the team.’

Djemba-Djemba insisted that Keane and Paul Scholes (L) would have kept current midfield United stars Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba out of the United side when he was at the club

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Crystal Palace insist they support Black Lives Matter but do not endorse pressure groups

Crystal Palace has backed the principals of the Black Lives Matter movement but maintain they do not agree with anybody looking to hijack it to “push their own political agendas”.

The Eagles displayed the message “Black Lives Matter” on covers over empty seats at Selhurt Park in Monday’s 1-0 home defeat to Burnley.

But the club has now moved to clarify its position after criticism for the UK arm of the organisation and its political ideology.

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A statement read: “As people will have seen from our first home game, we have placed banners over our seated areas at Selhurst Park that read: BLACK LIVES MATTER.

“We stand proudly alongside members of the BAME community, our players and employees, and behind the ideals and ethos of “black lives matter”. However, we would like to make clear that we do not endorse any pressure group or body that carries the same term in its name, and we strongly believe that organisations should not use this important force for change and positivity to push their own political agendas.

“We want to be part of a world that is fair, inclusive and open to all. As an organisation, we recognise that we need to do more, and we will do more to contribute towards this goal.”

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Wigan administrator says '10 people' have shown interest in investing

Wigan Athletic administrator reveals that ’10 different people’ have shown an interest in investing in the Championship club after the Latics – who face a 12-point deduction – were placed into administration

  • Championship club Wigan Athletic entered administration on Wednesday
  • The 2013 FA Cup winners blamed the ‘significant impact’ of coronavirus
  • Gerald Krasner has been tasked with finding investors for the stricken Latics
  • Wigan are facing a 12-point deduction which could lead to relegation 

Gerald Krasner says ’10 different people’ have already expressed an interest in investing in Wigan after the Championship club entered administration on Wednesday.

Krasner, a joint administrator from Begbies Traynor and the former chairman of Leeds United, has said he will also be contacting former Wigan owner Dave Whelan to see if he can help.

The Latics, who won the FA Cup in 2013, are facing a 12-point deduction for entering administration, although when that sanction is applied depends on whether the club can achieve survival on the pitch.

EFL Championship club Wigan Athletic entered administration on Wednesday

Wigan face a 12-point deduction, which would move them to the foot of the league table

Former Wigan owner Dave Whelan, pictured with the FA Cup in 2013, will be contacted to help

Wigan are the first club to go into administration since the suspension of English football due to the coronavirus pandemic, but speaking on BBC Breakfast on Thursday he was able to offer fans of the club some hope.

‘I am pleased to say that since yesterday I have had 10 different people email me asking for non-disclosure agreements which shows there is interest out there to acquire the club but the proof of the pudding is when it comes to writing the cheque,’ said Kranser.

‘There’s only a month to go until the end of the season. We only got involved yesterday and we are looking through the cash flows as we speak.

‘We don’t have an exact figure (of the money needed) but what I can tell you is we will cover the costs of getting through the matches and making sure they are played because unless we finish the season there is no hope of saving this club. 

Former Leeds Utd chairman Gerald Krasner has been tasked with finding investment for Wigan

‘We are doing our very best. I have been involved with clubs before and we have never lost one. I would say to the fans to keep faith, we are doing our best to make sure you have got a club to watch next season.’

Former owner Whelan, who sold the club in November 2018, has said he will see if he can do anything to help.

Kranser added: ‘I shall be contacting Mr Whelan as soon as possible to see what we can do together and I would ask anyone who wants to help on this to to contact me as soon as possible.’

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Gary Neville slams Marcos Alonso as Chelsea’s top-four bid suffers blow

Gary Neville hammered Marcos Alonso live on air during Chelsea’s shock London derby defeat.

The legendary Manchester United defender turned Sky Sports pundit said the Blues left-back “cost his side the game” for failing to track the run of West Ham matchwinner Andriy Yarmolenko.

The Ukrainian striker came off the bench and capped a clinical counter-attack from David Moyes’ side on 89 minutes as the hosts tore through the Chelsea defence to snatch all three points.

West Ham had come from behind to lead 2-1 in a dramatic encounter at the London Stadium that then looked destined for a draw after a wicked Willian free-kick equalised for Chelsea.

With the visitors pouring forwards to try and win the match themselves, however, the Hammers were able to capitalise on an exposed back four to score a potentially relegation-saving goal.

Speaking on commentary when a replay of Yarmolenko’s goal appeared on screen, with clear air between him and Alonso, Neville said: “You see Yarmolenko is back there with Alonso.

“Look at him, look at him, look at him. What are you doing Marcos Alonso? What are you doing? There's his running back speed.

“It has cost Chelsea the game, along with a poor piece of defending from [Antonio] Rudiger.”

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Neville continued: “Marcos Alonso is level with him [Yarmolenko] at the point where that counter-attack starts and he doesn’t bother.

“That’s why he is under pressure at this football club. Frank Lampard will see that.

“Run back as fast as you can when your team lose the ball. You learn that aged six.”

Ashley Cole, a Chelsea left-back great, piled onto the criticism of Alonso in the Sky studio.

He said after the game: “I think they'll be disappointed. I hate when full-backs are happy to run forward and not track back.

“A point would have been okay for Chelsea, Alonso – could he have got back quicker? Probably, yes.

“Rudiger, it’s difficult when you’re playing against a left footer and he cuts inside. I think Alonso needs to run back quicker. I think Chelsea had four players back and they've reacted too late.”

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Sky Sports Fanzone & Watchalongs: What is it, how it works, where to experience

Take the return of the Premier League to the next level with the Fanzone feature as part of Sky Sports’ live coverage.


Man City vs Liverpool Watchalong

On Thursday night, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Glen Johnson are the special guests from 8pm on Sky Sports Football

Fans will now be able to use a new feature on the Sky Sports website on your phone (optimised on iOS for iphone 8 and above), laptop or PC to watch select matches with friends in a video room and interact while the action unfolds, giving them the chance to chat about the match and influence the crowd noise they hear on screen.

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  • Watch 39 Premier League & 45 EFL games exclusively live

Whether watching with fans of your own club or mixing with rival supporters, users of the feature can post predictions, join in-match polls and use the Sky Sports stats to fuel the virtual conversation.

Get into the game with family and friends

Invite up to five people to your Fanzone to catch the match together. Log in online on your phone, laptop or PC, set up your Fanzone and send a link to your fellow fans. The Fanzone opens 15 minutes before kick-off and will close 15 minutes after the match.

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Have your say/pretend you’re a pundit

Do you usually yell at the screen during a game? Or fancy yourself as the next big-name pundit reporting live from the Sky Sports News studio? Share your views on the players and their performance in live opinion polls.

Watchalong with pundits and presenters

While using the Fanzone feature on, fans can also simultaneously view the Sky Sports Watchalongs (via the Sky Sports Football channel), where Sky Sports pundits and presenters will be watching the game, reacting to events and answering your social media questions.

Choose the cheer you hear with Watchalong

Also with the Watchalong, fill your home with the sound of the stands so you feel like you are right there at the game. Drown out any support for the opposition and vote for your team’s chant to be played through the TV.

Viewers can see which crowd noise is being voted for in the ‘Choose a Chant’ poll and analyse match stats as the game is going on.

Where can I experience Fanzone and Watchalongs?

The Fanzone feature is available to Sky Sports customers on on phone, laptop or PC on the following games, with more to be announced for future rounds.

The Watchalong feature will be available to view on Sky Sports Football; Carlton Cole and Steve Sidwell join Adam Smith and Zac Djellab from 8pm on Sky Sports Football.

Man City vs Liverpool – Thursday, July 2 (Kick-off 8.15pm)

More games to be announced

There are three ways to watch the game on TV, where Fanzone is available. For the full Fanzone experience head to the Football channel.

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  • Sky Sports Football: Watch along with Sky pundits and presenters on your TV. And if you’re using Fanzone as a companion experience on your phone or laptop, you’ll be able to see and hear how all fans have voted.

Who can use Sky Sports Fanzone?

If you are a Sky customer with a Sky Sports subscription, you can create a Fanzone, but you can share your Fanzone link with anyone. If you invite someone who has Sky Sports with another provider to your Fanzone, their live stream may be out of sync with yours.

How do I create my Fanzone?

  • Sign in to on your phone or laptop
  • Select Sky Sports Fanzone
  • Select Create Your Fanzone. You’ll see an icon to invite people to your Fanzone which creates a link that’s unique to your room
  • Copy and share your link with up to five other people to catch the match together in your Fanzone. Please don’t share your link on social media in case someone unwanted tries to join.

How long is the Fanzone?

Sky Sports Fanzone opens 15 minutes before live kick-off. If you use video call, this will close 15 minutes after the match ends, but you can keep the conversation going via text chat. The Fanzone session will stay open until it’s closed by Sky.

Let us know what you think

With the Premier League returning, we couldn’t wait to create Sky Sports Fanzone. It’s a new beta feature available for some upcoming games, which means we’re still working on it. We’d love to know what you think so we can make it even better. Please email your feedback to [email protected]

Here’s a list of all the supported devices and browsers.

  • Android 4.1 and above, using Chrome 58 and above.
  • iPad and iPhone 8 or above, running iOS/Safari 12.1 and above .
  • macOS 10 and above, using Chrome 64, Firefox 75, Safari 12.1 and above.
  • Windows 10, using Chrome 64, Firefox 75 and above.

To create a Fanzone, you’ll need to be aged 18 or over, have a Sky Sports subscription, and be in the UK or Ireland. Please sign in below and see FAQs for more information.

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Maitland-Niles urges Aubameyang to sign new Arsenal deal

‘Sign the contract!’: Ainsley Maitland-Niles urges Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to commit his future to the club after he bagged his 50th Premier League goal

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted his 50th league goal for Arsenal v Norwich 
  • After his brace he took to Instagram to express his pride about the landmark  
  • His team-mate Ainsley Maitland-Niles replied telling him to ‘sign the contract’ 

Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles has encouraged team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to pledge his future at the Emirates after he netted his 50th league goal for the club.

The striker, who has been heavily linked with a move away from north London, scored a brace in the 4-0 win against Norwich on Wednesday night to reach the landmark – the fastest player to reach it in Arsenal’s history.

His manager Mikel Arteta admitted after the game that he was hopeful the Gabon forward would agree a new deal with Arsenal, and Maitland-Niles joined him after speaking with Aubameyang on social media.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit a brace against Norwich to reach 50 league goals for Arsenal

Team-mate Ainsley Maitland-Niles (L) urged him to sign a new deal after hitting the landmark

To celebrate his half-century of goals, the forward wrote a post on Instagram, alongside a picture of him celebrating, saying: ‘Its a privilege to be a football player!!! You can have this type of feelings that gives you goosebumps. 50!!!!!!’

Maitland-Niles replied to the post by writing: ‘Sign the contract bruh, stop posting’, accompanied by several laughing emojis.

Aubameyang himself responded with his own laughing emojis, although question marks will remain over his future, with his current deal set to end next summer. 

After the game at the Emirates, Arteta had plenty of superlatives for his star man, admitting he was optimistic about the prospect of him staying, but added the issue was ‘not in my hands’. 

The Gabon forward is the fastest player to reach the half century in the history of the club 

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta remains hopeful his star man can agree a new deal at the Emirates 

‘A player that is able to score as many goals as he has done in that short space of time tells you everything about the importance that he has for us,’ Arteta said.

‘Players that can make the difference in any moment in the game every three days in competitions. That is a big task and he has done that at different clubs.  

‘He is willing to stay with us,’ added Arteta. ‘He is really happy where he is. He can see what we are trying to do and hopefully he can evolve as well some parts of his game he might feel he can improve. We are pushing him every day.

He has been linked with a move to Barcelona but Arsenal are desperate to keep hold of him

‘I leave that to the football club and the senior people that finalise the contracts. Auba knows really well what my thoughts are towards him and the project that I want to create, and how much he is part of that. And after that it is not in my hands.’

The 31-year-old has 63 goals in all competitions since arriving at Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in 2018. He recently hit 100 games for the Gunners.

He is reportedly a target for Barcelona and the Spanish giants are thought to have made enquiries about him in January, while Juventus are also said to be interested. 

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