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Why Martial's the type of player that gets manager's sacked

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said he hopes to convinceĀ captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to extend his stay beyond the end of his contract next year despite interest from some of Europe's top clubs.

The 30-year-old scored twice in Arsenal's 3-2 Premier League win over Everton on Sunday, lifting them to ninth and improving their chances of qualifying for Europe next season.

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Sources have told ESPN that Aubameyang, who took his tally to a league-high 17 goals alongside Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, was a target for Barcelona.

"They're completely right to want him because he's a superb player," Arteta told reporters. "It's right that the big teams like him.

"Hopefully we can convince him this is the right place to be. He is our most important player, no doubt the impact he has in this team. We will have to convince him to stay with us."

Arsenal had to make sure they gave Aubameyang the right stage to perform on.

"He wants to play in the biggest competitions with the best players. We have to help him do that. He needs to feel fulfilled," Arteta added.

"Before I took over I had my questions about him but he's shown his commitment.

"I'm so happy with him. He is scoring important goals and as a captain he is giving a great example to everyone else with the way he's working defensively."

Midfielder Bruno Fernandes can help unlock the potential of Manchester United's attack much like Paul Scholes and Juan Sebastian Veron did during their days at Old Trafford, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said.

Fernandes, who joined United in January for an initial fee of ā‚¬55 million, scored his first goal for the club on Sunday as he placed a cool penalty past Ben Foster in a 3-0 Premier League win over Watford.

The Portugal international provided the assist for Mason Greenwood's goal and also played a part in Anthony Martial's.

"Bruno has come in to be a very important player ... now we've got the No.10 or attacking midfielder nailed down. Hopefully, he'll keep fit and keep producing performances," Solskjaer told a news conference."

United have struggled for a creative spark in midfield this season, with record signing Paul Pogba injured for much of it, and Solskjaer said Fernandes can step up in the France international's absence.

"He's similar to Veron and Scholes," he said. "We've needed that type of player. He knows he's here to play.

"One of the good things about him is he takes risks with the ball, like Veron."

The win on Sunday lifted United to fifth in the league with 41 points from 27 games, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

United travel to Everton on Sunday after hosting Club Brugge in the second leg of their Europa League round-of-32 clash on Thursday. The first leg ended 1-1.

ESPN