REISS NELSON fired Arsenal into the fourth round of the FA Cup on the night captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insisted he wanted to stay and that speculation about his future ‘does my head in’.
The Gunners found Championship leaders Leeds more than a match for them in a goalless first half but Mikel Arteta’s side came out firing in the second and were rewarded ten minutes after the restart when 20-year-old academy graduate Nelson scuffed home his second Gunners goal.
And that was not the only good news for their supporters with star striker Aubameyang insisting in the match programme he remains ‘100 per cent committed’ to the Gunners even though his current contract runs out in the summer of 2021.
‘People like making up stories and they should focus on what’s happening on the pitch,’ said 30-year-old Aubameyang, who has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season.
‘They talk too much and it does my head in. I am the Arsenal captain. I love this club. I am committed to it and desperate to bring it back to the top, where it belongs.’
Last night’s draw sees new boss Arteta, who lifted the FA Cup as Gunners skipper in 2014, take his side to Bournemouth in the fourth round.
Holders Manchester City have been drawn at home to Fulham — the only one of the so-called Big Six to land a home tie. Leicester face a mouth-watering trip to Championship high-flyers Brentford while Wayne Rooney and his Derby team-mates head to League Two Northampton.