Arsenal delight not confined to FA Cup win

Reiss Nelson was the game's only goal scorer as Arsenal defeated Leeds United in the FA Cup

Mikel Arteta was pleased to see his Arsenal side overcome a tough FA Cup test against Leeds United but was even happier to read Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's program notes.

The striker was not involved in the Gunners' 1-0 win over the Championship side, settled by Reiss Nelson's second-half strike.

However, Aubameyang contributed to a good evening by committing his future to the club and saying speculation regarding a January exit was brought about by people "making things up".

"I am the Arsenal captain. I love this club. I am committed to it and desperate to bring it back to the top, where it belongs," he wrote in his column.

That was music to Arteta's ears and the boss is happy the story can finally be put to bed.

"I was thrilled about that and really happy," he said.

"His commitment since the day I walked through that door has been phenomenal...

"He has done it (ended speculation), I do it, I want him here and I am so happy with him, so hopefully that is the end of the story."

Arteta might have wished he had his star man at his disposal during the first half of a game where they were outplayed by their second-tier visitors.

The Spanish boss, in only his fourth game as a manager, let his players know what he thought of their performance at the break and saw a reaction as Nelson's 55th-minute goal capped a much-improved display.

"When I see what I don't want to see - and I am not talking about technically or tactically - what I expect from them and the standards we set, I cannot be happy and I have to let them know" he said.

On the evidence of this performance, Leeds would be a worthy addition to the Premier League next season.

But boss Marcelo Bielsa did not want to look that far ahead.

"We wanted to beat them and tried to win the match," he said.

"The first half was what we wish and in the second half we understand that is difficult to keep control of the match as in the first half.

"We should have achieved to try and play a match with much more balance."