Brazil soccer star Neymar

World-class soccer player Neymar leads the Brazil team at the Olympics.

Amid reports that Real Madrid are keen on signing the world's most expensive player, Marcos Motta insists there is no buyout in his current deal
Neymar's PSG contract has no release clause, lawyer claims
Amid reports that Real Madrid are keen on signing the world's most expensive player, Marcos Motta insists there is no buyout in his current deal
Despite reports suggesting there is a release clause in Neymar's contract at Paris Saint-Germain the Brazilian's lawyer says that is untrue.
Neymar's PSG contract has no release clause, lawyer claims
Despite reports suggesting there is a release clause in Neymar's contract at Paris Saint-Germain the Brazilian's lawyer says that is untrue.
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal against Dijon on January 17, 2018 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris (AFP Photo/CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT )
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal against Dijon on January 17, 2018 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal against Dijon on January 17, 2018 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris (AFP Photo/CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT )
Neymar produced one of the best performances of his career as PSG smashed Dijon in the midweek games. Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Falcao and Nabil Fekir were other stars also lighting up Ligue 1.
Neymar, Balotelli and Falcao on fire in matchday 21
Neymar produced one of the best performances of his career as PSG smashed Dijon in the midweek games. Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Falcao and Nabil Fekir were other stars also lighting up Ligue 1.
Neymar produced one of the best performances of his career as PSG smashed Dijon in the midweek games. Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Falcao and Nabil Fekir were other stars also lighting up Ligue 1.
Neymar, Balotelli and Falcao on fire in matchday 21
Neymar produced one of the best performances of his career as PSG smashed Dijon in the midweek games. Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Falcao and Nabil Fekir were other stars also lighting up Ligue 1.
Neymar produced one of the best performances of his career as PSG smashed Dijon in the midweek games. Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Falcao and Nabil Fekir were other stars also lighting up Ligue 1.
Neymar, Balotelli and Falcao on fire in matchday 21
Neymar produced one of the best performances of his career as PSG smashed Dijon in the midweek games. Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Falcao and Nabil Fekir were other stars also lighting up Ligue 1.
Here are five things you didn't know about Neymar's start to life at PSG.
5 things...Neymar off to a flyer with PSG
Here are five things you didn't know about Neymar's start to life at PSG.
Here are five things you didn't know about Neymar's start to life at PSG.
5 things...Neymar off to a flyer with PSG
Here are five things you didn't know about Neymar's start to life at PSG.
Here are five things you didn't know about Neymar's start to life at PSG.
5 things...Neymar off to a flyer with PSG
Here are five things you didn't know about Neymar's start to life at PSG.
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 £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 £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.”
Thomas Meunier was far from pleased with the treatment of Neymar at the hands of some Paris Saint-Germain fans on Wednesday.
Meunier blasts 'disgraceful' PSG fans after Neymar boos
Thomas Meunier was far from pleased with the treatment of Neymar at the hands of some Paris Saint-Germain fans on Wednesday.
Neymar scored four goals and Angel di Maria added two more as PSG recorded their biggest ever win at the Parc des Princes with an 8-0 drubbing of Dijon
PSG smash eight past Dijon for record home win
Neymar scored four goals and Angel di Maria added two more as PSG recorded their biggest ever win at the Parc des Princes with an 8-0 drubbing of Dijon
Neymar scored four goals and Angel di Maria added two more as PSG recorded their biggest ever win at the Parc des Princes with an 8-0 drubbing of Dijon
PSG smash eight past Dijon for record home win
Neymar scored four goals and Angel di Maria added two more as PSG recorded their biggest ever win at the Parc des Princes with an 8-0 drubbing of Dijon
Neymar scored four goals and Angel di Maria added two more as PSG recorded their biggest ever win at the Parc des Princes with an 8-0 drubbing of Dijon
PSG smash eight past Dijon for record home win
Neymar scored four goals and Angel di Maria added two more as PSG recorded their biggest ever win at the Parc des Princes with an 8-0 drubbing of Dijon
PSG's Thomas Meunier described Neymar taking a penalty which could have seen Edinson Cavani break the club's goalscoring record as 'no big deal'
Neymar taking Cavani's historic penalty is 'no big deal' - Meunier
PSG's Thomas Meunier described Neymar taking a penalty which could have seen Edinson Cavani break the club's goalscoring record as 'no big deal'
PSG's Thomas Meunier described Neymar taking a penalty which could have seen Edinson Cavani break the club's goalscoring record as 'no big deal'
Neymar taking Cavani's historic penalty is 'no big deal' - Meunier
PSG's Thomas Meunier described Neymar taking a penalty which could have seen Edinson Cavani break the club's goalscoring record as 'no big deal'
PSG's Thomas Meunier described Neymar taking a penalty which could have seen Edinson Cavani break the club's goalscoring record as 'no big deal'
Neymar taking Cavani's historic penalty is 'no big deal' - Meunier
PSG's Thomas Meunier described Neymar taking a penalty which could have seen Edinson Cavani break the club's goalscoring record as 'no big deal'
The world's most expensive player was whistled by his own fans after he showed a lack of generosity to his Uruguayan team-mate
Neymar not angered by PSG boos after Cavani penalty snub, says Silva
The world's most expensive player was whistled by his own fans after he showed a lack of generosity to his Uruguayan team-mate
The world's most expensive player was whistled by his own fans after he showed a lack of generosity to his Uruguayan team-mate
Neymar not angered by PSG boos after Cavani penalty snub, says Silva
The world's most expensive player was whistled by his own fans after he showed a lack of generosity to his Uruguayan team-mate
PSG's Angel Di Maria, center right, celebrates with PSG's Neymar, after scoring during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Neymar scores 4 in PSG rout yet still leaves field unhappy
PSG's Angel Di Maria, center right, celebrates with PSG's Neymar, after scoring during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
PSG's Neymar dances with his gloves on his head as he celebrates after scoring during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Neymar scores 4 in PSG rout yet still leaves field unhappy
PSG's Neymar dances with his gloves on his head as he celebrates after scoring during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
PSG's Neymar shoots the ball to score during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Neymar scores 4 in PSG rout yet still leaves field unhappy
PSG's Neymar shoots the ball to score during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
PSG's Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Neymar scores 4 in PSG rout yet still leaves field unhappy
PSG's Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
PSG's Neymar celebrates after scoring during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Neymar scores 4 in PSG rout yet still leaves field unhappy
PSG's Neymar celebrates after scoring during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
PSG's Neymar celebrates after scoring during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Neymar scores 4 in PSG rout yet still leaves field unhappy
PSG's Neymar celebrates after scoring during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
PSG's Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Neymar scores 4 in PSG rout yet still leaves field unhappy
PSG's Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Thiago Silva defended the world's most expensive player after Neymar was whistled by Paris Saint-Germain fans.
Neymar not angered by PSG whistles - Silva
Thiago Silva defended the world's most expensive player after Neymar was whistled by Paris Saint-Germain fans.
Here are the five best goals from this mid-week Ligue 1 action. Neymar and PSG are leading the dance.
Top 5 Goals - Matchday 21
Here are the five best goals from this mid-week Ligue 1 action. Neymar and PSG are leading the dance.
Here are the five best goals from this mid-week Ligue 1 action. Neymar and PSG are leading the dance.
Top 5 Goals - Matchday 21
Here are the five best goals from this mid-week Ligue 1 action. Neymar and PSG are leading the dance.
Here are the five best goals from this mid-week Ligue 1 action. Neymar and PSG are leading the dance.
Top 5 Goals - Matchday 21
Here are the five best goals from this mid-week Ligue 1 action. Neymar and PSG are leading the dance.
PSG's Neymar, left, celebrates with teammate after scoring during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Neymar scores 4 in PSG rout yet still leaves field unhappy
PSG's Neymar, left, celebrates with teammate after scoring during his French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Paris Saint-Germain's forward Neymar (R) makes his way through the defence during the French L1 football match against Dijon January 17, 2018 (AFP Photo/CHRISTOPHE SIMON)
Paris Saint-Germain's forward Neymar (R) makes his way through the defence during the French L1 football match against Dijon January 17, 2018
Paris Saint-Germain's forward Neymar (R) makes his way through the defence during the French L1 football match against Dijon January 17, 2018 (AFP Photo/CHRISTOPHE SIMON)
Paris Saint-Germain recorded their biggest win at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday, thumping eight goals past Ligue 1 mid-table side Giungamp.
Neymar and PSG power eight past Guingamp
Paris Saint-Germain recorded their biggest win at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday, thumping eight goals past Ligue 1 mid-table side Giungamp.
Paris Saint-Germain recorded their biggest win at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday, thumping eight goals past Ligue 1 mid-table side Giungamp.
Neymar and PSG power eight past Guingamp
Paris Saint-Germain recorded their biggest win at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday, thumping eight goals past Ligue 1 mid-table side Giungamp.
Paris Saint-Germain recorded their biggest win at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday, thumping eight goals past Ligue 1 mid-table side Giungamp.
Neymar and PSG power eight past Guingamp
Paris Saint-Germain recorded their biggest win at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday, thumping eight goals past Ligue 1 mid-table side Giungamp.

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