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Dortmund's Durm suffers torn ankle ligaments

Yet to make an appearance in the Bundesliga this season due to injury, Borussia Dortmund's Erik Durm has suffered a further setback.

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2017 file photo Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks on during a German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FSV Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund in Mainz, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

Bundesliga: 5 things you need to know

Here are five things you need to know about this weekends Bundesliga action.

Bundesliga: 5 things you need to know

Here are five things you need to know about this weekends Bundesliga action.

Bundesliga: 5 things you need to know

Here are five things you need to know about this weekends Bundesliga action.

Dortmund anger over Arsene Wenger's 'disrespectful' £60m pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal’s £60 million pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has descended into acrimony and anger after Borussia Dortmund dropped their star player and accused Arsene Wenger of disrespecting their club. Wenger had begun the day by largely dodging questions on the potential club record acquisition of Aubameyang before responding to an inquiry about his character and whether he would fit in at Arsenal. “Yes,” said Wenger, “because character can be a very positive note and it can be a very negative note. I believe overall you look at the achievements of a player during his career and usually, when a career has been very positive, the character has been used in a positive way.” Those comments soon prompted a furious reaction from Dortmund, who told Wenger to focus on his own struggling team and then left the 28-year-old Gabon striker out of the squad for Friday night's Bundesliga match against Hertha Berlin. Aubameyang was also excluded from last Sunday’s match against Wolfsburg after missing a team meeting and, while Arsenal are now closing on a deal that could also involve Olivier Giroud, Dortmund are deeply unhappy at how their player has become unsettled. Zorc isn't at all happy with Wenger Credit: Getty images “We find it disrespectful to speak about players of other clubs,” said Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s sporting director, in an official club statement. “We assumed that Arsene Wenger would have enough to do to take care of the performances of his own players.” Arsenal have won just one of their last six matches to fall eight points off even the top four and are ready to offer Aubameyang a contract until 2021. No fee has yet been agreed with Dortmund but, following the departures already this month of Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott, as well Alexis Sanchez’s imminent move to Manchester United, Giroud could be the next major exit.  Dortmund were also keen on Giroud last summer and Wenger noticeably refused to rule out his departure this month. “It can be many theories - at the moment I cannot tell you much more,” he said rather cryptically, when asked whether Giroud, who has scored 105 goals across six seasons at Arsenal, could leave if Aubameyang came in. Aubameyang has scored 141 goals for Dortmund in four-and-a-half seasons, including 21 this campaign, and has the additional endorsement of Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s new head of recruitment. Mislintat moved from Dortmund to Arsenal in November and was previously instrumental in identifying Aubameyang when he moved to the Bundesliga from Saint-Etienne in 2013. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Why Arsenal want him He is understood to have reassured Arsenal over Aubameyang’s temperament, although the decision to leave him in Dortmund and away from the first-team squad was apparently taken in response to how poorly he had trained earlier in the day. “We felt that he is not at 100 per cent with his mind focused,” said Zorc. “We’ll see if this will help him. It’s a difficult situation.”  Arsenal were also interested in the Bordeaux winger Malcom but Aubameyang is the transfer priority, with Wenger adamant that it is still possible for his squad to be strengthened by the end of this month, even amid the Sanchez departure. It is the first transfer window in which Wenger has worked directly with Mislintat and, while Arsenal now look likely to add two players in Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who were also at Dortmund, he is adamant that he retains ultimate control over transfer policy. Arsenal are set to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan in exchange for Alexis Sanchez Credit: AFP “It is no different,” said Wenger. Asked if he still had final say over signings, Wenger added: “Yes.” He did, however, admit that the club must overhaul their strategy. “We have to revisit the way we structure our club, and our scouting policy,” said Wenger. “You look at world-class players now, you look at Ronaldo, Neymar, Sanchez, their level of financial demands and the level of their costs, you have to go younger and certainly these players are not affordable.” Wenger believes that Arsenal can compete by becoming an attractive destination for the very best emerging talent because of his willingness to play younger players. “What is important today is that we are the club that can maybe give them a chance, more than many other clubs,” he said. “Modern football has created a kind of game where the best players in the game are grouped to a various small number of clubs but that doesn’t mean that you cannot compete on the pitch.” Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are also out of contract in the summer but Wenger remains hopeful that they will both still extend their contracts and is certain that they will not leave this month. “We have to very quickly get over this transfer period because for us especially it has been more disturbing than ever,” he said. “Why? Because we have such influential players close to the end of their contracts and it has been more destabilising than ever.”

Dortmund anger over Arsene Wenger's 'disrespectful' £60m pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal’s £60 million pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has descended into acrimony and anger after Borussia Dortmund dropped their star player and accused Arsene Wenger of disrespecting their club. Wenger had begun the day by largely dodging questions on the potential club record acquisition of Aubameyang before responding to an inquiry about his character and whether he would fit in at Arsenal. “Yes,” said Wenger, “because character can be a very positive note and it can be a very negative note. I believe overall you look at the achievements of a player during his career and usually, when a career has been very positive, the character has been used in a positive way.” Those comments soon prompted a furious reaction from Dortmund, who told Wenger to focus on his own struggling team and then left the 28-year-old Gabon striker out of the squad for Friday night's Bundesliga match against Hertha Berlin. Aubameyang was also excluded from last Sunday’s match against Wolfsburg after missing a team meeting and, while Arsenal are now closing on a deal that could also involve Olivier Giroud, Dortmund are deeply unhappy at how their player has become unsettled. Zorc isn't at all happy with Wenger Credit: Getty images “We find it disrespectful to speak about players of other clubs,” said Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s sporting director, in an official club statement. “We assumed that Arsene Wenger would have enough to do to take care of the performances of his own players.” Arsenal have won just one of their last six matches to fall eight points off even the top four and are ready to offer Aubameyang a contract until 2021. No fee has yet been agreed with Dortmund but, following the departures already this month of Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott, as well Alexis Sanchez’s imminent move to Manchester United, Giroud could be the next major exit.  Dortmund were also keen on Giroud last summer and Wenger noticeably refused to rule out his departure this month. “It can be many theories - at the moment I cannot tell you much more,” he said rather cryptically, when asked whether Giroud, who has scored 105 goals across six seasons at Arsenal, could leave if Aubameyang came in. Aubameyang has scored 141 goals for Dortmund in four-and-a-half seasons, including 21 this campaign, and has the additional endorsement of Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s new head of recruitment. Mislintat moved from Dortmund to Arsenal in November and was previously instrumental in identifying Aubameyang when he moved to the Bundesliga from Saint-Etienne in 2013. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Why Arsenal want him He is understood to have reassured Arsenal over Aubameyang’s temperament, although the decision to leave him in Dortmund and away from the first-team squad was apparently taken in response to how poorly he had trained earlier in the day. “We felt that he is not at 100 per cent with his mind focused,” said Zorc. “We’ll see if this will help him. It’s a difficult situation.”  Arsenal were also interested in the Bordeaux winger Malcom but Aubameyang is the transfer priority, with Wenger adamant that it is still possible for his squad to be strengthened by the end of this month, even amid the Sanchez departure. It is the first transfer window in which Wenger has worked directly with Mislintat and, while Arsenal now look likely to add two players in Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who were also at Dortmund, he is adamant that he retains ultimate control over transfer policy. Arsenal are set to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan in exchange for Alexis Sanchez Credit: AFP “It is no different,” said Wenger. Asked if he still had final say over signings, Wenger added: “Yes.” He did, however, admit that the club must overhaul their strategy. “We have to revisit the way we structure our club, and our scouting policy,” said Wenger. “You look at world-class players now, you look at Ronaldo, Neymar, Sanchez, their level of financial demands and the level of their costs, you have to go younger and certainly these players are not affordable.” Wenger believes that Arsenal can compete by becoming an attractive destination for the very best emerging talent because of his willingness to play younger players. “What is important today is that we are the club that can maybe give them a chance, more than many other clubs,” he said. “Modern football has created a kind of game where the best players in the game are grouped to a various small number of clubs but that doesn’t mean that you cannot compete on the pitch.” Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are also out of contract in the summer but Wenger remains hopeful that they will both still extend their contracts and is certain that they will not leave this month. “We have to very quickly get over this transfer period because for us especially it has been more disturbing than ever,” he said. “Why? Because we have such influential players close to the end of their contracts and it has been more destabilising than ever.”

Dortmund anger over Arsene Wenger's 'disrespectful' £60m pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal’s £60 million pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has descended into acrimony and anger after Borussia Dortmund dropped their star player and accused Arsene Wenger of disrespecting their club. Wenger had begun the day by largely dodging questions on the potential club record acquisition of Aubameyang before responding to an inquiry about his character and whether he would fit in at Arsenal. “Yes,” said Wenger, “because character can be a very positive note and it can be a very negative note. I believe overall you look at the achievements of a player during his career and usually, when a career has been very positive, the character has been used in a positive way.” Those comments soon prompted a furious reaction from Dortmund, who told Wenger to focus on his own struggling team and then left the 28-year-old Gabon striker out of the squad for Friday night's Bundesliga match against Hertha Berlin. Aubameyang was also excluded from last Sunday’s match against Wolfsburg after missing a team meeting and, while Arsenal are now closing on a deal that could also involve Olivier Giroud, Dortmund are deeply unhappy at how their player has become unsettled. Zorc isn't at all happy with Wenger Credit: Getty images “We find it disrespectful to speak about players of other clubs,” said Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s sporting director, in an official club statement. “We assumed that Arsene Wenger would have enough to do to take care of the performances of his own players.” Arsenal have won just one of their last six matches to fall eight points off even the top four and are ready to offer Aubameyang a contract until 2021. No fee has yet been agreed with Dortmund but, following the departures already this month of Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott, as well Alexis Sanchez’s imminent move to Manchester United, Giroud could be the next major exit.  Dortmund were also keen on Giroud last summer and Wenger noticeably refused to rule out his departure this month. “It can be many theories - at the moment I cannot tell you much more,” he said rather cryptically, when asked whether Giroud, who has scored 105 goals across six seasons at Arsenal, could leave if Aubameyang came in. Aubameyang has scored 141 goals for Dortmund in four-and-a-half seasons, including 21 this campaign, and has the additional endorsement of Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s new head of recruitment. Mislintat moved from Dortmund to Arsenal in November and was previously instrumental in identifying Aubameyang when he moved to the Bundesliga from Saint-Etienne in 2013. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Why Arsenal want him He is understood to have reassured Arsenal over Aubameyang’s temperament, although the decision to leave him in Dortmund and away from the first-team squad was apparently taken in response to how poorly he had trained earlier in the day. “We felt that he is not at 100 per cent with his mind focused,” said Zorc. “We’ll see if this will help him. It’s a difficult situation.”  Arsenal were also interested in the Bordeaux winger Malcom but Aubameyang is the transfer priority, with Wenger adamant that it is still possible for his squad to be strengthened by the end of this month, even amid the Sanchez departure. It is the first transfer window in which Wenger has worked directly with Mislintat and, while Arsenal now look likely to add two players in Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who were also at Dortmund, he is adamant that he retains ultimate control over transfer policy. Arsenal are set to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan in exchange for Alexis Sanchez Credit: AFP “It is no different,” said Wenger. Asked if he still had final say over signings, Wenger added: “Yes.” He did, however, admit that the club must overhaul their strategy. “We have to revisit the way we structure our club, and our scouting policy,” said Wenger. “You look at world-class players now, you look at Ronaldo, Neymar, Sanchez, their level of financial demands and the level of their costs, you have to go younger and certainly these players are not affordable.” Wenger believes that Arsenal can compete by becoming an attractive destination for the very best emerging talent because of his willingness to play younger players. “What is important today is that we are the club that can maybe give them a chance, more than many other clubs,” he said. “Modern football has created a kind of game where the best players in the game are grouped to a various small number of clubs but that doesn’t mean that you cannot compete on the pitch.” Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are also out of contract in the summer but Wenger remains hopeful that they will both still extend their contracts and is certain that they will not leave this month. “We have to very quickly get over this transfer period because for us especially it has been more disturbing than ever,” he said. “Why? Because we have such influential players close to the end of their contracts and it has been more destabilising than ever.”

Arsenal's Aubameyang talk branded 'disrespectful' by disappointed Dortmund

Michael Zorc, sporting director at the Bundesliga club, has told Arsene Wenger to spend more time worrying about his own players than possible targets

Arsenal's Aubameyang talk branded 'disrespectful' by disappointed Dortmund

Michael Zorc, sporting director at the Bundesliga club, has told Arsene Wenger to spend more time worrying about his own players than possible targets

Arsenal's Aubameyang talk branded 'disrespectful' by disappointed Dortmund

Michael Zorc, sporting director at the Bundesliga club, has told Arsene Wenger to spend more time worrying about his own players than possible targets

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan deal 'likely to happen', says Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has confirmed a deal taking Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is "likely to happen" and that Henrikh Mkhitaryan would move to Arsenal in exchange. Sanchez's future has been in question for some time after it became clear he was not intending to extend his contract at the Emirates Stadium. The 29-year-old can walk away for free in the summer and came close to joining Manchester City last year before a deadline day move failed to materialise. Now he appears set to join Jose Mourinho's United as Arsenal again look set to lose a key player to a Premier League rival. Asked if Sanchez's move to Old Trafford was close, Wenger replied: "I've worked on transfers for 30 years, so it is likely to happen. How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? "But at any moment, at any minute, things can break down. That's how the transfer market is. As long as it's not over the line, you have to accept that it can as well not happen. These kind of things are never guaranteed." Mkhitaryan, 28, only moved to United in 2016 but has struggled to win over Mourinho and has been limited to three league starts since October. The Armenia international shone during his spell with former club Borussia Dortmund, where he also caught the eye of Wenger when his Arsenal side faced the Bundesliga outfit in the Champions League. Mkhitaryan could be moving in the opposite direction Credit: Getty images "If it's a possibility, it's because I like the player," Wenger said after confirming Mkhitaryan would move the other way in exchange for Sanchez. "We played many times against him when he was at Dortmund. He certainly appreciated the quality of our game and the way we play football. That's why certainly he loves the club as well. "Look, this would be an exchange of players, and I think one would replace the other. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes."

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan deal 'likely to happen', says Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has confirmed a deal taking Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is "likely to happen" and that Henrikh Mkhitaryan would move to Arsenal in exchange. Sanchez's future has been in question for some time after it became clear he was not intending to extend his contract at the Emirates Stadium. The 29-year-old can walk away for free in the summer and came close to joining Manchester City last year before a deadline day move failed to materialise. Now he appears set to join Jose Mourinho's United as Arsenal again look set to lose a key player to a Premier League rival. Asked if Sanchez's move to Old Trafford was close, Wenger replied: "I've worked on transfers for 30 years, so it is likely to happen. How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United? "But at any moment, at any minute, things can break down. That's how the transfer market is. As long as it's not over the line, you have to accept that it can as well not happen. These kind of things are never guaranteed." Mkhitaryan, 28, only moved to United in 2016 but has struggled to win over Mourinho and has been limited to three league starts since October. The Armenia international shone during his spell with former club Borussia Dortmund, where he also caught the eye of Wenger when his Arsenal side faced the Bundesliga outfit in the Champions League. Mkhitaryan could be moving in the opposite direction Credit: Getty images "If it's a possibility, it's because I like the player," Wenger said after confirming Mkhitaryan would move the other way in exchange for Sanchez. "We played many times against him when he was at Dortmund. He certainly appreciated the quality of our game and the way we play football. That's why certainly he loves the club as well. "Look, this would be an exchange of players, and I think one would replace the other. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes."

Everton's new striker Cenk Tosun insists he will help Goodison club put Romelu Lukaku sale behind them

The shadow of Romelu Lukaku’s departure has dimmed Goodison Park this season, but Everton’s new signing Cenk Tosun is ready to help the club step out of it. Since the Belgian’s £75 million sale to Manchester United, the Merseyside club has been bereft of forward options, the inexperienced Dominic Calvert-Lewin admirably trying to fill the void. Failure to replace Lukaku effectively cost Ronald Koeman his job. Tosun – signed for what Everton say is around £20 million from Besiktas – does not want to be compared to the United striker, but welcomes the responsibility of restoring the side's attacking threat. “Of course, otherwise I would not be here. Of course I think I can do it,” he said. “Lukaku has done really well here but I am hoping to score as many goals as I can and do well. Welcome: Everton's Cenk Tosun is congratulated by manager Sam Allardyce Credit: PA “It doesn’t put a lot of pressure on me. It is a great honour.  I would like to become a great role model for all the other players in Turkey. I regard this league as the best in the world. It is fast and strong here and the ball is always moving. My character as a player is suitable to this kind of football.”  Tosun opted for an illustrious name when describing the striker he worshipped most when honing his craft as a goalscorer in Turkey. “Gabriel Batistuta was one of my idols. I loved his playing style,” he said. “He was a great header of the ball. There is a saying he could shoot with his head. I think there are similarities between my style and his.”  Sam Allardyce would welcome a touch of that class in his line-up. He considers the Tosun capture a coup, especially as he convinced the 26-year-old to surrender a place in the last 16 of the Champions League to move to England. Hands in the air, Cenk Tosun Credit: PA “We had a great group stage with Besiktas and played really well. Then we got Bayern Munich,” said Tosun. “I could have stayed until the end of the year and got those games under my belt but the manager here wanted me really badly so that played a big role. It’s good I came now. “Everton played in the Europa League this year. There are a lot of teams from England trying to go to the Champions League. Our aim should be to be in Europe every year. I think the squad has that potential, so it will great to play in Europe with Everton. “Everyone needs a new mission and target in life and mine was to play in the Premier League. The main aim is to take the team to a better place and score as many goals as I can. This year it is to get into the top half of the table. Seventh or eighth would be good for us this season.” Not yet replaced: Romelu Lukaku in his Everton pomp Credit: PA Although he represents Turkey, Tosun – who clarified the phonetic pronunciation of his Christian name is ‘Jenk’ – was born in Germany where he began his career in Eintracht Frankfurt. He was unable to forge a career in the Bundesliga, putting that down to inexperience and a lack of opportunity. “I think by playing for the Germany U15 until U21 I did quite well, but at Frankfurt there were already players who were playing for national teams so the breakthrough was difficult,” he said. “I thought it was better to try to get where I wanted by going to Turkey and playing there. That is what I did and what I have done.” After moving from Germany to Gaziantepspor, it was the switch to Besiktas in 2014 that put him on the radar of several Premier League clubs. He scored four in this season's Champions League. Exit, pursued by a beard: Theo Walcott has also joined the Blues Credit: PA Allardyce was first tracking him while Crystal Palace manager. “Everton was the first who seriously wanted me and I wanted to come here,” he said. “Not once, but a few times he (Allardyce) called me and said he liked my playing style, he wanted me, I could do well in his team and he believed in me. It was my biggest dream to play in the Premier League and I worked so hard to come here.” Theo Walcott has officially joined Everton! ✍ • Reported £20m fee to Arsenal • Will wear the 1⃣1⃣ shirt • 121 career goals "Everton is a club with a great history. The fans are always passionate, they’re great & I always used to find it tough playing here." #BTSportScorepic.twitter.com/BUdw2VhXjm— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) January 17, 2018 Everton will follow the Tosun deal with the £20 million addition of Theo Walcott, Allardyce hoping both will be available to line-up against West Bromwich Albion this weekend. “When you look at Theo Walcott he is not an old player but he has a lot of experience,” said Tosu. “He will bring a lot to the team. We need that kind of input upfront.”  

Everton's new striker Cenk Tosun insists he will help Goodison club put Romelu Lukaku sale behind them

The shadow of Romelu Lukaku’s departure has dimmed Goodison Park this season, but Everton’s new signing Cenk Tosun is ready to help the club step out of it. Since the Belgian’s £75 million sale to Manchester United, the Merseyside club has been bereft of forward options, the inexperienced Dominic Calvert-Lewin admirably trying to fill the void. Failure to replace Lukaku effectively cost Ronald Koeman his job. Tosun – signed for what Everton say is around £20 million from Besiktas – does not want to be compared to the United striker, but welcomes the responsibility of restoring the side's attacking threat. “Of course, otherwise I would not be here. Of course I think I can do it,” he said. “Lukaku has done really well here but I am hoping to score as many goals as I can and do well. Welcome: Everton's Cenk Tosun is congratulated by manager Sam Allardyce Credit: PA “It doesn’t put a lot of pressure on me. It is a great honour.  I would like to become a great role model for all the other players in Turkey. I regard this league as the best in the world. It is fast and strong here and the ball is always moving. My character as a player is suitable to this kind of football.”  Tosun opted for an illustrious name when describing the striker he worshipped most when honing his craft as a goalscorer in Turkey. “Gabriel Batistuta was one of my idols. I loved his playing style,” he said. “He was a great header of the ball. There is a saying he could shoot with his head. I think there are similarities between my style and his.”  Sam Allardyce would welcome a touch of that class in his line-up. He considers the Tosun capture a coup, especially as he convinced the 26-year-old to surrender a place in the last 16 of the Champions League to move to England. Hands in the air, Cenk Tosun Credit: PA “We had a great group stage with Besiktas and played really well. Then we got Bayern Munich,” said Tosun. “I could have stayed until the end of the year and got those games under my belt but the manager here wanted me really badly so that played a big role. It’s good I came now. “Everton played in the Europa League this year. There are a lot of teams from England trying to go to the Champions League. Our aim should be to be in Europe every year. I think the squad has that potential, so it will great to play in Europe with Everton. “Everyone needs a new mission and target in life and mine was to play in the Premier League. The main aim is to take the team to a better place and score as many goals as I can. This year it is to get into the top half of the table. Seventh or eighth would be good for us this season.” Not yet replaced: Romelu Lukaku in his Everton pomp Credit: PA Although he represents Turkey, Tosun – who clarified the phonetic pronunciation of his Christian name is ‘Jenk’ – was born in Germany where he began his career in Eintracht Frankfurt. He was unable to forge a career in the Bundesliga, putting that down to inexperience and a lack of opportunity. “I think by playing for the Germany U15 until U21 I did quite well, but at Frankfurt there were already players who were playing for national teams so the breakthrough was difficult,” he said. “I thought it was better to try to get where I wanted by going to Turkey and playing there. That is what I did and what I have done.” After moving from Germany to Gaziantepspor, it was the switch to Besiktas in 2014 that put him on the radar of several Premier League clubs. He scored four in this season's Champions League. Exit, pursued by a beard: Theo Walcott has also joined the Blues Credit: PA Allardyce was first tracking him while Crystal Palace manager. “Everton was the first who seriously wanted me and I wanted to come here,” he said. “Not once, but a few times he (Allardyce) called me and said he liked my playing style, he wanted me, I could do well in his team and he believed in me. It was my biggest dream to play in the Premier League and I worked so hard to come here.” Theo Walcott has officially joined Everton! ✍ • Reported £20m fee to Arsenal • Will wear the 1⃣1⃣ shirt • 121 career goals "Everton is a club with a great history. The fans are always passionate, they’re great & I always used to find it tough playing here." #BTSportScorepic.twitter.com/BUdw2VhXjm— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) January 17, 2018 Everton will follow the Tosun deal with the £20 million addition of Theo Walcott, Allardyce hoping both will be available to line-up against West Bromwich Albion this weekend. “When you look at Theo Walcott he is not an old player but he has a lot of experience,” said Tosu. “He will bring a lot to the team. We need that kind of input upfront.”  

Everton's new striker Cenk Tosun insists he will help Goodison club put Romelu Lukaku sale behind them

The shadow of Romelu Lukaku’s departure has dimmed Goodison Park this season, but Everton’s new signing Cenk Tosun is ready to help the club step out of it. Since the Belgian’s £75 million sale to Manchester United, the Merseyside club has been bereft of forward options, the inexperienced Dominic Calvert-Lewin admirably trying to fill the void. Failure to replace Lukaku effectively cost Ronald Koeman his job. Tosun – signed for what Everton say is around £20 million from Besiktas – does not want to be compared to the United striker, but welcomes the responsibility of restoring the side's attacking threat. “Of course, otherwise I would not be here. Of course I think I can do it,” he said. “Lukaku has done really well here but I am hoping to score as many goals as I can and do well. Welcome: Everton's Cenk Tosun is congratulated by manager Sam Allardyce Credit: PA “It doesn’t put a lot of pressure on me. It is a great honour.  I would like to become a great role model for all the other players in Turkey. I regard this league as the best in the world. It is fast and strong here and the ball is always moving. My character as a player is suitable to this kind of football.”  Tosun opted for an illustrious name when describing the striker he worshipped most when honing his craft as a goalscorer in Turkey. “Gabriel Batistuta was one of my idols. I loved his playing style,” he said. “He was a great header of the ball. There is a saying he could shoot with his head. I think there are similarities between my style and his.”  Sam Allardyce would welcome a touch of that class in his line-up. He considers the Tosun capture a coup, especially as he convinced the 26-year-old to surrender a place in the last 16 of the Champions League to move to England. Hands in the air, Cenk Tosun Credit: PA “We had a great group stage with Besiktas and played really well. Then we got Bayern Munich,” said Tosun. “I could have stayed until the end of the year and got those games under my belt but the manager here wanted me really badly so that played a big role. It’s good I came now. “Everton played in the Europa League this year. There are a lot of teams from England trying to go to the Champions League. Our aim should be to be in Europe every year. I think the squad has that potential, so it will great to play in Europe with Everton. “Everyone needs a new mission and target in life and mine was to play in the Premier League. The main aim is to take the team to a better place and score as many goals as I can. This year it is to get into the top half of the table. Seventh or eighth would be good for us this season.” Not yet replaced: Romelu Lukaku in his Everton pomp Credit: PA Although he represents Turkey, Tosun – who clarified the phonetic pronunciation of his Christian name is ‘Jenk’ – was born in Germany where he began his career in Eintracht Frankfurt. He was unable to forge a career in the Bundesliga, putting that down to inexperience and a lack of opportunity. “I think by playing for the Germany U15 until U21 I did quite well, but at Frankfurt there were already players who were playing for national teams so the breakthrough was difficult,” he said. “I thought it was better to try to get where I wanted by going to Turkey and playing there. That is what I did and what I have done.” After moving from Germany to Gaziantepspor, it was the switch to Besiktas in 2014 that put him on the radar of several Premier League clubs. He scored four in this season's Champions League. Exit, pursued by a beard: Theo Walcott has also joined the Blues Credit: PA Allardyce was first tracking him while Crystal Palace manager. “Everton was the first who seriously wanted me and I wanted to come here,” he said. “Not once, but a few times he (Allardyce) called me and said he liked my playing style, he wanted me, I could do well in his team and he believed in me. It was my biggest dream to play in the Premier League and I worked so hard to come here.” Theo Walcott has officially joined Everton! ✍ • Reported £20m fee to Arsenal • Will wear the 1⃣1⃣ shirt • 121 career goals "Everton is a club with a great history. The fans are always passionate, they’re great & I always used to find it tough playing here." #BTSportScorepic.twitter.com/BUdw2VhXjm— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) January 17, 2018 Everton will follow the Tosun deal with the £20 million addition of Theo Walcott, Allardyce hoping both will be available to line-up against West Bromwich Albion this weekend. “When you look at Theo Walcott he is not an old player but he has a lot of experience,” said Tosu. “He will bring a lot to the team. We need that kind of input upfront.”  

Everton's new striker Cenk Tosun insists he will help Goodison club put Romelu Lukaku sale behind them

The shadow of Romelu Lukaku’s departure has dimmed Goodison Park this season, but Everton’s new signing Cenk Tosun is ready to help the club step out of it. Since the Belgian’s £75 million sale to Manchester United, the Merseyside club has been bereft of forward options, the inexperienced Dominic Calvert-Lewin admirably trying to fill the void. Failure to replace Lukaku effectively cost Ronald Koeman his job. Tosun – signed for what Everton say is around £20 million from Besiktas – does not want to be compared to the United striker, but welcomes the responsibility of restoring the side's attacking threat. “Of course, otherwise I would not be here. Of course I think I can do it,” he said. “Lukaku has done really well here but I am hoping to score as many goals as I can and do well. Welcome: Everton's Cenk Tosun is congratulated by manager Sam Allardyce Credit: PA “It doesn’t put a lot of pressure on me. It is a great honour.  I would like to become a great role model for all the other players in Turkey. I regard this league as the best in the world. It is fast and strong here and the ball is always moving. My character as a player is suitable to this kind of football.”  Tosun opted for an illustrious name when describing the striker he worshipped most when honing his craft as a goalscorer in Turkey. “Gabriel Batistuta was one of my idols. I loved his playing style,” he said. “He was a great header of the ball. There is a saying he could shoot with his head. I think there are similarities between my style and his.”  Sam Allardyce would welcome a touch of that class in his line-up. He considers the Tosun capture a coup, especially as he convinced the 26-year-old to surrender a place in the last 16 of the Champions League to move to England. Hands in the air, Cenk Tosun Credit: PA “We had a great group stage with Besiktas and played really well. Then we got Bayern Munich,” said Tosun. “I could have stayed until the end of the year and got those games under my belt but the manager here wanted me really badly so that played a big role. It’s good I came now. “Everton played in the Europa League this year. There are a lot of teams from England trying to go to the Champions League. Our aim should be to be in Europe every year. I think the squad has that potential, so it will great to play in Europe with Everton. “Everyone needs a new mission and target in life and mine was to play in the Premier League. The main aim is to take the team to a better place and score as many goals as I can. This year it is to get into the top half of the table. Seventh or eighth would be good for us this season.” Not yet replaced: Romelu Lukaku in his Everton pomp Credit: PA Although he represents Turkey, Tosun – who clarified the phonetic pronunciation of his Christian name is ‘Jenk’ – was born in Germany where he began his career in Eintracht Frankfurt. He was unable to forge a career in the Bundesliga, putting that down to inexperience and a lack of opportunity. “I think by playing for the Germany U15 until U21 I did quite well, but at Frankfurt there were already players who were playing for national teams so the breakthrough was difficult,” he said. “I thought it was better to try to get where I wanted by going to Turkey and playing there. That is what I did and what I have done.” After moving from Germany to Gaziantepspor, it was the switch to Besiktas in 2014 that put him on the radar of several Premier League clubs. He scored four in this season's Champions League. Exit, pursued by a beard: Theo Walcott has also joined the Blues Credit: PA Allardyce was first tracking him while Crystal Palace manager. “Everton was the first who seriously wanted me and I wanted to come here,” he said. “Not once, but a few times he (Allardyce) called me and said he liked my playing style, he wanted me, I could do well in his team and he believed in me. It was my biggest dream to play in the Premier League and I worked so hard to come here.” Theo Walcott has officially joined Everton! ✍ • Reported £20m fee to Arsenal • Will wear the 1⃣1⃣ shirt • 121 career goals "Everton is a club with a great history. The fans are always passionate, they’re great & I always used to find it tough playing here." #BTSportScorepic.twitter.com/BUdw2VhXjm— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) January 17, 2018 Everton will follow the Tosun deal with the £20 million addition of Theo Walcott, Allardyce hoping both will be available to line-up against West Bromwich Albion this weekend. “When you look at Theo Walcott he is not an old player but he has a lot of experience,” said Tosu. “He will bring a lot to the team. We need that kind of input upfront.”  

Everton's new striker Cenk Tosun insists he will help Goodison club put Romelu Lukaku sale behind them

The shadow of Romelu Lukaku’s departure has dimmed Goodison Park this season, but Everton’s new signing Cenk Tosun is ready to help the club step out of it. Since the Belgian’s £75 million sale to Manchester United, the Merseyside club has been bereft of forward options, the inexperienced Dominic Calvert-Lewin admirably trying to fill the void. Failure to replace Lukaku effectively cost Ronald Koeman his job. Tosun – signed for what Everton say is around £20 million from Besiktas – does not want to be compared to the United striker, but welcomes the responsibility of restoring the side's attacking threat. “Of course, otherwise I would not be here. Of course I think I can do it,” he said. “Lukaku has done really well here but I am hoping to score as many goals as I can and do well. Welcome: Everton's Cenk Tosun is congratulated by manager Sam Allardyce Credit: PA “It doesn’t put a lot of pressure on me. It is a great honour.  I would like to become a great role model for all the other players in Turkey. I regard this league as the best in the world. It is fast and strong here and the ball is always moving. My character as a player is suitable to this kind of football.”  Tosun opted for an illustrious name when describing the striker he worshipped most when honing his craft as a goalscorer in Turkey. “Gabriel Batistuta was one of my idols. I loved his playing style,” he said. “He was a great header of the ball. There is a saying he could shoot with his head. I think there are similarities between my style and his.”  Sam Allardyce would welcome a touch of that class in his line-up. He considers the Tosun capture a coup, especially as he convinced the 26-year-old to surrender a place in the last 16 of the Champions League to move to England. Hands in the air, Cenk Tosun Credit: PA “We had a great group stage with Besiktas and played really well. Then we got Bayern Munich,” said Tosun. “I could have stayed until the end of the year and got those games under my belt but the manager here wanted me really badly so that played a big role. It’s good I came now. “Everton played in the Europa League this year. There are a lot of teams from England trying to go to the Champions League. Our aim should be to be in Europe every year. I think the squad has that potential, so it will great to play in Europe with Everton. “Everyone needs a new mission and target in life and mine was to play in the Premier League. The main aim is to take the team to a better place and score as many goals as I can. This year it is to get into the top half of the table. Seventh or eighth would be good for us this season.” Not yet replaced: Romelu Lukaku in his Everton pomp Credit: PA Although he represents Turkey, Tosun – who clarified the phonetic pronunciation of his Christian name is ‘Jenk’ – was born in Germany where he began his career in Eintracht Frankfurt. He was unable to forge a career in the Bundesliga, putting that down to inexperience and a lack of opportunity. “I think by playing for the Germany U15 until U21 I did quite well, but at Frankfurt there were already players who were playing for national teams so the breakthrough was difficult,” he said. “I thought it was better to try to get where I wanted by going to Turkey and playing there. That is what I did and what I have done.” After moving from Germany to Gaziantepspor, it was the switch to Besiktas in 2014 that put him on the radar of several Premier League clubs. He scored four in this season's Champions League. Exit, pursued by a beard: Theo Walcott has also joined the Blues Credit: PA Allardyce was first tracking him while Crystal Palace manager. “Everton was the first who seriously wanted me and I wanted to come here,” he said. “Not once, but a few times he (Allardyce) called me and said he liked my playing style, he wanted me, I could do well in his team and he believed in me. It was my biggest dream to play in the Premier League and I worked so hard to come here.” Theo Walcott has officially joined Everton! ✍ • Reported £20m fee to Arsenal • Will wear the 1⃣1⃣ shirt • 121 career goals "Everton is a club with a great history. The fans are always passionate, they’re great & I always used to find it tough playing here." #BTSportScorepic.twitter.com/BUdw2VhXjm— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) January 17, 2018 Everton will follow the Tosun deal with the £20 million addition of Theo Walcott, Allardyce hoping both will be available to line-up against West Bromwich Albion this weekend. “When you look at Theo Walcott he is not an old player but he has a lot of experience,” said Tosu. “He will bring a lot to the team. We need that kind of input upfront.”  

Hamburg's Walace still optimistic about Flamengo loan

The 22-year-old midfielder could still leave the Bundesliga for his native country, even though the clubs failed with their initial negotiations

Coutinho, Van Dijk and the top completed January 2018 transfer deals

A list of all the major transfers completed in the January window by clubs in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1

Coutinho, Van Dijk and the top completed January 2018 transfer deals

A list of all the major transfers completed in the January window by clubs in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals (AFP Photo/John MACDOUGALL)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals

Hot or Not...Lewandowski to continue hot streak?

A look at the players who are in and out of form ahead of this weekend's Bundesliga action

Hot or Not...Lewandowski to continue hot streak?

A look at the players who are in and out of form ahead of this weekend's Bundesliga action

Hot or Not...Lewandowski to continue hot streak?

A look at the players who are in and out of form ahead of this weekend's Bundesliga action

FILE - In this March 18, 2017, file photo, Cologne's Anthony Modeste kicks the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1.FC Cologne and Hertha BSC Berlin in Cologne, Germany. In the 2017 winter transfer window, the Chinese Super League outspent the English Premier League by $422 million compared to $315 million. Last summer's transfer window was especially quiet with the only signing of note that of French striker Anthony Modeste joining Tianjin Quanjian for $43 million in July. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Equality costing German clubs - Bundesliga chief

Equality costing German clubs - Bundesliga chief

Equality costing German clubs - Bundesliga chief

Equality costing German clubs - Bundesliga chief

To keep the Bundesliga football club in Europe competitive with other leagues, the gap between rich and poor must grow according to German football league chief Christian Seifert, pictured in 2016

To keep the Bundesliga football club in Europe competitive with other leagues, the gap between rich and poor must grow according to German football league chief Christian Seifert, pictured in 2016

To keep the Bundesliga football club in Europe competitive with other leagues, the gap between rich and poor must grow according to German football league chief Christian Seifert, pictured in 2016

To keep the Bundesliga football club in Europe competitive with other leagues, the gap between rich and poor must grow according to German football league chief Christian Seifert, pictured in 2016. (AFP Photo/Frank Rumpenhorst)

Chelsea Fans Excited by Old Leon Bailey Tweet Suggesting Speedy Winger Wants to Join Club

​Chelsea fans believe there is reason to get excited about the possibility of Bayer Leverkusen starlet Leon Bailey joining the club after an old tweet from the 20-year-old Jamaican resurfaced. Already nicknamed the 'Bundesliga Bolt' for his lightning pace and as a tribute to fellow countryman Usain Bolt, Bailey was also recently dubbed a 'speed demon' by a Daily Mail report that noted his long-term dream to play in England. That same report also stated: "What is certain is that several English...

Chelsea Fans Excited by Old Leon Bailey Tweet Suggesting Speedy Winger Wants to Join Club

​Chelsea fans believe there is reason to get excited about the possibility of Bayer Leverkusen starlet Leon Bailey joining the club after an old tweet from the 20-year-old Jamaican resurfaced. Already nicknamed the 'Bundesliga Bolt' for his lightning pace and as a tribute to fellow countryman Usain Bolt, Bailey was also recently dubbed a 'speed demon' by a Daily Mail report that noted his long-term dream to play in England. That same report also stated: "What is certain is that several English...

Chelsea Fans Excited by Old Leon Bailey Tweet Suggesting Speedy Winger Wants to Join Club

​Chelsea fans believe there is reason to get excited about the possibility of Bayer Leverkusen starlet Leon Bailey joining the club after an old tweet from the 20-year-old Jamaican resurfaced. Already nicknamed the 'Bundesliga Bolt' for his lightning pace and as a tribute to fellow countryman Usain Bolt, Bailey was also recently dubbed a 'speed demon' by a Daily Mail report that noted his long-term dream to play in England. That same report also stated: "What is certain is that several English...

Who is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and what will he bring to Arsenal? 

As Arsenal continue talks over a £50m move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, long-suffering fans will be anxious to know how the so-called 'bad boy' of the Bundesliga will shape up as Alexis Sanchez's replacement.  Sanchez's imminent departure will inevitably leave a gaping hole in a squad that already looks increasingly thread-bare, so can a player of Aubameyang's stature bring a sprinkle of much-needed star quality to Arsenal's season? Goals Arsenal's failings in front of goal have been glaringly obvious so far this season, with club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette currently on a run of eight Premier League games without scoring.  Aubameyang, on the other hand, has endured no such trouble this season, scoring 13 times and providing three assists in 15 league appearances. Last season the 28-year-old played a crucial role in Dortmund's cup-winning campaign, scoring 31 goals in 31 appearances to become only the second African player to win two German golden boots after Tony Yeboah.  Europe's top goalscorers since 2013 Besides his proven ability as a finisher, one of Aubameyang's strongest assets is his lightning-quick pace and fleet-footed agility. His speed means he is just as comfortable playing out wide in a front three or through the middle as a lone striker -  positional versatility that could ease the loss of Sanchez and Theo Walcott. Aubameyang was beaten to this year's African Player of the Year award by Mohamed Salah Credit: AFP  “When I was with the Milan youth teams I ran 30 metres in 3.9sec, that was official, but I’ve run it in 3.7sec too,” Aubameyang claimed after Usain Bolt has taken 3.78 seconds to reach 30m in his world-breaking run during the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.  While Wenger has admitted Lacazette has struggled to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League since his £52m move from France, Aubameyang's natural power and acceleration make him a more natural fit for the rigours of English football.  Controversy  Arsenal's new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat - who helped bring Aubameyang to Borussia Dortmund in 2013 after spells at AC Milan and St Etienne - has insisted the club would not be getting a 'bad boy', but the 28-year-old is no stranger to controversy.  In April last year he celebrated scoring a goal by wearing a superhero mask that was manufactured by his boot sponsor, Puma, as part of a PR stunt.  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to dispossess David Beckham during his time at St Etienne  Credit: Getty Images  Dortmund club captain called Aubameyang 'stupid' for indulging in the stunt but then manager Thomas Tuchel once pleaded with the German media to ease up the Gabonese striker, describing him as 'a sensitive human being'.  “Such a sensitive human being like Auba is affected when so much is said and written about him, even if he has himself to blame,” Tuchel said. Earlier this season Aubayemang was dropped from Dortmund's squad to play Schalke after turning up late for training on three separate occasions.  He also irritated the club's hierarchy after appearing in television programme with football freestyler Sean Garnier, without the club's consent. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League  Credit: Reuters  Dortmund's patience with the striker seems to have finally snapped after he was dropped for Dortmund's 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg last weekend for an unspecified breach of discipline.  "We simply cannot tolerate this kind of behaviour,” said the club's sporting director, Michael Zorc.  “I don’t know what’s going on in his head right now. He has always been a professional. I don’t want to take part in media speculation, but we can’t continue like this anymore.”   Aside from his goalscoring feats the Gabonese striker is arguably most well known for his elaborate celebrations. In 2013 he pulled a Spiderman mask from behind advertising billboards during a French league game after scoring for Saint-Etienne against Rennes. When you think you Ready for something Crazy but you not ������#tbt @willy.aubameyang #jump #trampoline #aubameyang #pea17 A post shared by Aubameyang (@aubameyang97) on Aug 17, 2017 at 1:45pm PDT Aubameyang said the superhero homage was a tribute to his team-mate and goalkeeper, Jeremie Janot, who had recently left the club: "We miss Jeremie Janot in the dressing room, so I just wanted to make a small dedication to him." The Dortmund forward also once wore of a pair of lime-green Swarovski crystal-encrusted football boots worth £2,500 during a pre-match warm-up while at Saint-Etienne. Leadership Despite his colourful antics on and off the field, the Gabon international is well respected by team-mates.   “Auba is someone who works very hard,”  said Marco Reus, who once joined his team-mate for their famous Batman & Robin celebration. “But he never loses his relaxed mood because of it.” Highly-rated Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic recently hailed the controversial's striker's leadership qualities.  Finally back to the Victory ��������and @sk23.10 i give you back what i deprived you Last Game sorry again ������ A post shared by Aubameyang (@aubameyang97) on Dec 12, 2017 at 2:20pm PST "Aubameyang is a leader, a big player for us and we love having him here and would love to have him here for a long time," said USA international Pulisic. "Off the field he is just a good guy, always ready to have a laugh. But he knows when he needs to be serious. He is just a really good teammate. "I have learned a lot from him by just being around him in training and picking up small things. Obviously he is a great player and it is great to have him here. "He creates the music in the dressing room. He is the DJ, but I want to have that job (of providing the music) but for now he stays in charge."

Who is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and what will he bring to Arsenal? 

As Arsenal continue talks over a £50m move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, long-suffering fans will be anxious to know how the so-called 'bad boy' of the Bundesliga will shape up as Alexis Sanchez's replacement.  Sanchez's imminent departure will inevitably leave a gaping hole in a squad that already looks increasingly thread-bare, so can a player of Aubameyang's stature bring a sprinkle of much-needed star quality to Arsenal's season? Goals Arsenal's failings in front of goal have been glaringly obvious so far this season, with club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette currently on a run of eight Premier League games without scoring.  Aubameyang, on the other hand, has endured no such trouble this season, scoring 13 times and providing three assists in 15 league appearances. Last season the 28-year-old played a crucial role in Dortmund's cup-winning campaign, scoring 31 goals in 31 appearances to become only the second African player to win two German golden boots after Tony Yeboah.  Europe's top goalscorers since 2013 Besides his proven ability as a finisher, one of Aubameyang's strongest assets is his lightning-quick pace and fleet-footed agility. His speed means he is just as comfortable playing out wide in a front three or through the middle as a lone striker -  positional versatility that could ease the loss of Sanchez and Theo Walcott. Aubameyang was beaten to this year's African Player of the Year award by Mohamed Salah Credit: AFP  “When I was with the Milan youth teams I ran 30 metres in 3.9sec, that was official, but I’ve run it in 3.7sec too,” Aubameyang claimed after Usain Bolt has taken 3.78 seconds to reach 30m in his world-breaking run during the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.  While Wenger has admitted Lacazette has struggled to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League since his £52m move from France, Aubameyang's natural power and acceleration make him a more natural fit for the rigours of English football.  Controversy  Arsenal's new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat - who helped bring Aubameyang to Borussia Dortmund in 2013 after spells at AC Milan and St Etienne - has insisted the club would not be getting a 'bad boy', but the 28-year-old is no stranger to controversy.  In April last year he celebrated scoring a goal by wearing a superhero mask that was manufactured by his boot sponsor, Puma, as part of a PR stunt.  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to dispossess David Beckham during his time at St Etienne  Credit: Getty Images  Dortmund club captain called Aubameyang 'stupid' for indulging in the stunt but then manager Thomas Tuchel once pleaded with the German media to ease up the Gabonese striker, describing him as 'a sensitive human being'.  “Such a sensitive human being like Auba is affected when so much is said and written about him, even if he has himself to blame,” Tuchel said. Earlier this season Aubayemang was dropped from Dortmund's squad to play Schalke after turning up late for training on three separate occasions.  He also irritated the club's hierarchy after appearing in television programme with football freestyler Sean Garnier, without the club's consent. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League  Credit: Reuters  Dortmund's patience with the striker seems to have finally snapped after he was dropped for Dortmund's 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg last weekend for an unspecified breach of discipline.  "We simply cannot tolerate this kind of behaviour,” said the club's sporting director, Michael Zorc.  “I don’t know what’s going on in his head right now. He has always been a professional. I don’t want to take part in media speculation, but we can’t continue like this anymore.”   Aside from his goalscoring feats the Gabonese striker is arguably most well known for his elaborate celebrations. In 2013 he pulled a Spiderman mask from behind advertising billboards during a French league game after scoring for Saint-Etienne against Rennes. When you think you Ready for something Crazy but you not ������#tbt @willy.aubameyang #jump #trampoline #aubameyang #pea17 A post shared by Aubameyang (@aubameyang97) on Aug 17, 2017 at 1:45pm PDT Aubameyang said the superhero homage was a tribute to his team-mate and goalkeeper, Jeremie Janot, who had recently left the club: "We miss Jeremie Janot in the dressing room, so I just wanted to make a small dedication to him." The Dortmund forward also once wore of a pair of lime-green Swarovski crystal-encrusted football boots worth £2,500 during a pre-match warm-up while at Saint-Etienne. Leadership Despite his colourful antics on and off the field, the Gabon international is well respected by team-mates.   “Auba is someone who works very hard,”  said Marco Reus, who once joined his team-mate for their famous Batman & Robin celebration. “But he never loses his relaxed mood because of it.” Highly-rated Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic recently hailed the controversial's striker's leadership qualities.  Finally back to the Victory ��������and @sk23.10 i give you back what i deprived you Last Game sorry again ������ A post shared by Aubameyang (@aubameyang97) on Dec 12, 2017 at 2:20pm PST "Aubameyang is a leader, a big player for us and we love having him here and would love to have him here for a long time," said USA international Pulisic. "Off the field he is just a good guy, always ready to have a laugh. But he knows when he needs to be serious. He is just a really good teammate. "I have learned a lot from him by just being around him in training and picking up small things. Obviously he is a great player and it is great to have him here. "He creates the music in the dressing room. He is the DJ, but I want to have that job (of providing the music) but for now he stays in charge."

Who is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and what will he bring to Arsenal? 

As Arsenal continue talks over a £50m move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, long-suffering fans will be anxious to know how the so-called 'bad boy' of the Bundesliga will shape up as Alexis Sanchez's replacement.  Sanchez's imminent departure will inevitably leave a gaping hole in a squad that already looks increasingly thread-bare, so can a player of Aubameyang's stature bring a sprinkle of much-needed star quality to Arsenal's season? Goals Arsenal's failings in front of goal have been glaringly obvious so far this season, with club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette currently on a run of eight Premier League games without scoring.  Aubameyang, on the other hand, has endured no such trouble this season, scoring 13 times and providing three assists in 15 league appearances. Last season the 28-year-old played a crucial role in Dortmund's cup-winning campaign, scoring 31 goals in 31 appearances to become only the second African player to win two German golden boots after Tony Yeboah.  Europe's top goalscorers since 2013 Besides his proven ability as a finisher, one of Aubameyang's strongest assets is his lightning-quick pace and fleet-footed agility. His speed means he is just as comfortable playing out wide in a front three or through the middle as a lone striker -  positional versatility that could ease the loss of Sanchez and Theo Walcott. Aubameyang was beaten to this year's African Player of the Year award by Mohamed Salah Credit: AFP  “When I was with the Milan youth teams I ran 30 metres in 3.9sec, that was official, but I’ve run it in 3.7sec too,” Aubameyang claimed after Usain Bolt has taken 3.78 seconds to reach 30m in his world-breaking run during the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.  While Wenger has admitted Lacazette has struggled to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League since his £52m move from France, Aubameyang's natural power and acceleration make him a more natural fit for the rigours of English football.  Controversy  Arsenal's new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat - who helped bring Aubameyang to Borussia Dortmund in 2013 after spells at AC Milan and St Etienne - has insisted the club would not be getting a 'bad boy', but the 28-year-old is no stranger to controversy.  In April last year he celebrated scoring a goal by wearing a superhero mask that was manufactured by his boot sponsor, Puma, as part of a PR stunt.  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to dispossess David Beckham during his time at St Etienne  Credit: Getty Images  Dortmund club captain called Aubameyang 'stupid' for indulging in the stunt but then manager Thomas Tuchel once pleaded with the German media to ease up the Gabonese striker, describing him as 'a sensitive human being'.  “Such a sensitive human being like Auba is affected when so much is said and written about him, even if he has himself to blame,” Tuchel said. Earlier this season Aubayemang was dropped from Dortmund's squad to play Schalke after turning up late for training on three separate occasions.  He also irritated the club's hierarchy after appearing in television programme with football freestyler Sean Garnier, without the club's consent. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League  Credit: Reuters  Dortmund's patience with the striker seems to have finally snapped after he was dropped for Dortmund's 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg last weekend for an unspecified breach of discipline.  "We simply cannot tolerate this kind of behaviour,” said the club's sporting director, Michael Zorc.  “I don’t know what’s going on in his head right now. He has always been a professional. I don’t want to take part in media speculation, but we can’t continue like this anymore.”   Aside from his goalscoring feats the Gabonese striker is arguably most well known for his elaborate celebrations. In 2013 he pulled a Spiderman mask from behind advertising billboards during a French league game after scoring for Saint-Etienne against Rennes. When you think you Ready for something Crazy but you not ������#tbt @willy.aubameyang #jump #trampoline #aubameyang #pea17 A post shared by Aubameyang (@aubameyang97) on Aug 17, 2017 at 1:45pm PDT Aubameyang said the superhero homage was a tribute to his team-mate and goalkeeper, Jeremie Janot, who had recently left the club: "We miss Jeremie Janot in the dressing room, so I just wanted to make a small dedication to him." The Dortmund forward also once wore of a pair of lime-green Swarovski crystal-encrusted football boots worth £2,500 during a pre-match warm-up while at Saint-Etienne. Leadership Despite his colourful antics on and off the field, the Gabon international is well respected by team-mates.   “Auba is someone who works very hard,”  said Marco Reus, who once joined his team-mate for their famous Batman & Robin celebration. “But he never loses his relaxed mood because of it.” Highly-rated Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic recently hailed the controversial's striker's leadership qualities.  Finally back to the Victory ��������and @sk23.10 i give you back what i deprived you Last Game sorry again ������ A post shared by Aubameyang (@aubameyang97) on Dec 12, 2017 at 2:20pm PST "Aubameyang is a leader, a big player for us and we love having him here and would love to have him here for a long time," said USA international Pulisic. "Off the field he is just a good guy, always ready to have a laugh. But he knows when he needs to be serious. He is just a really good teammate. "I have learned a lot from him by just being around him in training and picking up small things. Obviously he is a great player and it is great to have him here. "He creates the music in the dressing room. He is the DJ, but I want to have that job (of providing the music) but for now he stays in charge."

Who is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and what will he bring to Arsenal? 

As Arsenal continue talks over a £50m move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, long-suffering fans will be anxious to know how the so-called 'bad boy' of the Bundesliga will shape up as Alexis Sanchez's replacement.  Sanchez's imminent departure will inevitably leave a gaping hole in a squad that already looks increasingly thread-bare, so can a player of Aubameyang's stature bring a sprinkle of much-needed star quality to Arsenal's season? Goals Arsenal's failings in front of goal have been glaringly obvious so far this season, with club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette currently on a run of eight Premier League games without scoring.  Aubameyang, on the other hand, has endured no such trouble this season, scoring 13 times and providing three assists in 15 league appearances. Last season the 28-year-old played a crucial role in Dortmund's cup-winning campaign, scoring 31 goals in 31 appearances to become only the second African player to win two German golden boots after Tony Yeboah.  Europe's top goalscorers since 2013 Besides his proven ability as a finisher, one of Aubameyang's strongest assets is his lightning-quick pace and fleet-footed agility. His speed means he is just as comfortable playing out wide in a front three or through the middle as a lone striker -  positional versatility that could ease the loss of Sanchez and Theo Walcott. Aubameyang was beaten to this year's African Player of the Year award by Mohamed Salah Credit: AFP  “When I was with the Milan youth teams I ran 30 metres in 3.9sec, that was official, but I’ve run it in 3.7sec too,” Aubameyang claimed after Usain Bolt has taken 3.78 seconds to reach 30m in his world-breaking run during the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.  While Wenger has admitted Lacazette has struggled to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League since his £52m move from France, Aubameyang's natural power and acceleration make him a more natural fit for the rigours of English football.  Controversy  Arsenal's new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat - who helped bring Aubameyang to Borussia Dortmund in 2013 after spells at AC Milan and St Etienne - has insisted the club would not be getting a 'bad boy', but the 28-year-old is no stranger to controversy.  In April last year he celebrated scoring a goal by wearing a superhero mask that was manufactured by his boot sponsor, Puma, as part of a PR stunt.  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to dispossess David Beckham during his time at St Etienne  Credit: Getty Images  Dortmund club captain called Aubameyang 'stupid' for indulging in the stunt but then manager Thomas Tuchel once pleaded with the German media to ease up the Gabonese striker, describing him as 'a sensitive human being'.  “Such a sensitive human being like Auba is affected when so much is said and written about him, even if he has himself to blame,” Tuchel said. Earlier this season Aubayemang was dropped from Dortmund's squad to play Schalke after turning up late for training on three separate occasions.  He also irritated the club's hierarchy after appearing in television programme with football freestyler Sean Garnier, without the club's consent. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League  Credit: Reuters  Dortmund's patience with the striker seems to have finally snapped after he was dropped for Dortmund's 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg last weekend for an unspecified breach of discipline.  "We simply cannot tolerate this kind of behaviour,” said the club's sporting director, Michael Zorc.  “I don’t know what’s going on in his head right now. He has always been a professional. I don’t want to take part in media speculation, but we can’t continue like this anymore.”   Aside from his goalscoring feats the Gabonese striker is arguably most well known for his elaborate celebrations. In 2013 he pulled a Spiderman mask from behind advertising billboards during a French league game after scoring for Saint-Etienne against Rennes. When you think you Ready for something Crazy but you not ������#tbt @willy.aubameyang #jump #trampoline #aubameyang #pea17 A post shared by Aubameyang (@aubameyang97) on Aug 17, 2017 at 1:45pm PDT Aubameyang said the superhero homage was a tribute to his team-mate and goalkeeper, Jeremie Janot, who had recently left the club: "We miss Jeremie Janot in the dressing room, so I just wanted to make a small dedication to him." The Dortmund forward also once wore of a pair of lime-green Swarovski crystal-encrusted football boots worth £2,500 during a pre-match warm-up while at Saint-Etienne. Leadership Despite his colourful antics on and off the field, the Gabon international is well respected by team-mates.   “Auba is someone who works very hard,”  said Marco Reus, who once joined his team-mate for their famous Batman & Robin celebration. “But he never loses his relaxed mood because of it.” Highly-rated Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic recently hailed the controversial's striker's leadership qualities.  Finally back to the Victory ��������and @sk23.10 i give you back what i deprived you Last Game sorry again ������ A post shared by Aubameyang (@aubameyang97) on Dec 12, 2017 at 2:20pm PST "Aubameyang is a leader, a big player for us and we love having him here and would love to have him here for a long time," said USA international Pulisic. "Off the field he is just a good guy, always ready to have a laugh. But he knows when he needs to be serious. He is just a really good teammate. "I have learned a lot from him by just being around him in training and picking up small things. Obviously he is a great player and it is great to have him here. "He creates the music in the dressing room. He is the DJ, but I want to have that job (of providing the music) but for now he stays in charge."

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