• Forward would be ‘more focused, determined and calm’
  • Mesut Özil back training and could return to squad

Mikel Arteta has urged Arsenal to find a swift resolution to their contract talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, pointing out the effect a new deal would have on his player’s mindset and describing it as a case of “the quicker the better”.

Aubameyang has scored five times in his past six games, including Saturday’s double that defeated Manchester City and took Arsenal to the FA Cup final, but his long-term position remains unclear and as things stand he will be a free agent in just over 11 months. Negotiations over an extension have not moved especially quickly, despite Arteta’s public optimism that it will be secured, and the manager outlined the added certainty that an agreement would bring.

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