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By Sports Desk November 24, 2019

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  • Arteta: Aubameyang stayed because Arsenal is an 'incredible club' as big as Barcelona & Inter Arteta: Aubameyang stayed because Arsenal is an 'incredible club' as big as Barcelona & Inter

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed a new deal with Arsenal because he is at an incredible football club as big as those looking to prise him away, according to Mikel Arteta.

    Aubameyang on Tuesday signed a new three-year contract with the Gunners. Barcelona were said to have made a concrete offer for his services, with Inter also reported to be interested.

    Having previously been thought to be considering his future prior to Arteta's arrival as manager in December, Aubameyang is now tied to Arsenal until June 2023.

    However, Arteta rejected talk of him being the primary reason in Aubameyang's decision to stay.

    The Spaniard told a media conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with West Ham: "I think the big reason why Auba is staying is because we have an incredible football team, football club.

    "We have some fantastic people working here and because he feels as well how much love he's got from the fans.

    "I played my part, which is part of my job to explain what we are trying to do and how important he was going to be and what we are building and that's it.

    "The size of our club is as big as those names [Barca, Inter] and that's why I'm saying the most important thing is the football club, what we inspire, who we are as a club and what we can achieve in the future as well and how we explain what we are trying to do to make sure the players believe in our project.

    "It's a joy to work with him, we have a really transparent relationship. We've been very clear with each other what we are trying to do, how big of a part he was in my plans for now and for the future and the way he trains, the way he behaves himself, the way he performs is exactly what I want from him.

    "I want him to do that again consistently in the next few years."

    Arsenal are poised to add to their squad with the signing of Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson, with Arteta - who dismissed questions about potential moves for midfielders Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey - indicating an announcement is imminent.

    Runarsson is set to replace Emiliano Martinez, who left for Aston Villa this week.

    Arteta added: "Obviously with the departure of Emi, which is a big loss, we have to replace him and we've been looking in the market and I think we'll be shortly in a position to announce our new signing."

  • Bale & Reguilon land in UK to complete Spurs moves Bale & Reguilon land in UK to complete Spurs moves

    Gareth Bale touched down at London Luton airport on Friday to finalise his sensational return to Tottenham, with Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Reguilon also on board.

    The Wales star left Spurs for the Spanish capital seven years ago for what was then a world-record fee and has gone on to win the Champions League four times and LaLiga twice with Madrid.

    However, the forward found himself increasingly on the periphery of the first team under Zinedine Zidane and is now on the brink of a return to his old club.

    Bale was filmed arriving at an airport about 30 miles away from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday afternoon, with full-back Reguilon for company as he too looks primed to join Jose Mourinho's men.

    Los Blancos stumped up €100milion (£85m) to sign Bale in 2013 after several outstanding seasons at White Hart Lane.

    During his seven years at Madrid, Bale scored 105 goals and contributed 57 assists in 251 appearances, but he has been on borrowed time for a while under Zidane.

    He will hope to recapture the stunning form he showed when he was last with Spurs. Bale scored 55 goals in 203 matches for the club during his first stint and became a particularly influential member of the team in the 2010-11 season, having made a sedate start to his career at the club.

    The 31-year-old was twice named as the PFA Player of the Year during his first spell at Spurs, the second time occurring in a 2012-13 campaign that saw him score 26 goals in 44 matches in all competitions and helped earn his big-money move to Madrid.

    Spurs are certainly in need of a boost from somewhere, having been lacklustre in their Premier League opener, which saw Everton claim a 1-0 win.

    A narrow victory over Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Europa League qualifying will have done little to boost optimism, with a trip to Southampton, where Bale began his professional career, coming up on Sunday.

  • Man Utd prospect James Garner joins Watford on loan Man Utd prospect James Garner joins Watford on loan

    Manchester United have allowed highly rated midfield prospect James Garner to join Watford on loan for the 2020-21 season.

    Garner, 19, is among United's most promising young players and heads to Vicarage Road in search of greater exposure to first-team football.

    A technical midfielder who can play in deep-lying or advanced roles, Garner made his debut for the United senior side in February 2019 and featured six times – including three Europa League starts – last term.

    Garner has long been earmarked as a potential first-team player for United, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaking glowingly of him on several occasions.

    A regular at various youth levels for England, including captaining their Under-17s, Garner also skippered United's Under-23s in 2020-21 and was recently named their Player of the Year.

    Although Watford – relegated to the Championship in July – lost Abdoulaye Doucoure during pre-season, Garner joins a club stacked with experienced midfield options, including Etienne Capoue, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tom Cleverley, Will Hughes and Roberto Pereyra.

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