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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he is NOT the fastest player in the Arsenal squad as he stated that Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares are quicker.

Speaking to celebrity car customiser Yianni, he said: “I think no [not the fastest in the Arsenal team], I think we’ve got some players that are really quick.

“We have never done a real race, because if we do that I have my chances

“At 80-100 metres I’m sure I’m one of the best, but in 30 metres, yeah we’ve got some quick players, like Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares, they are really quick in their first steps.

“When I was 18-19 years old I’d kill them, 100 percent.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly set to trigger a contract extension for youngster Daniel Ballard.

The centre-back, 22, has never played for the Gunners but is well regarded at the club and has represented Northern Ireland ten times.

And after impressing on loan at Millwall this season, Arsenal are keen to keep Ballard at the club beyond next summer when his current contract comes to an end.

According to Football.London, Per Mertesacker and Edu have decided to trigger a clause in Ballard’s deal to keep him with the Gunners for a further two years.

In other news, Scotland boss Steve Clarke has revealed that Arsenal are hopeful Kieran Tierney will feature against Watford on Sunday.

Speaking of the defender ahead of the upcoming international break, Clarke said: “I think Kieran will be on the plane and, if he’s on the plane, he’ll be fit.

“That’s my opinion but look, you have to respect the club” and the club are telling us he’s working his way back to fitness.

“They’re hopeful he could be involved this weekend (against Watford) but if he (only) gets a few days training in, then fine.

“We don’t play until a week on Friday, so he’s got time on his side. I expect that Kieran will be fit.”

And finally, Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio.

It is understood that the La Liga giants are considering offloading the Spaniard in January, with Mikel Arteta considering taking the 25-year-old to North London

Various outlets in Spain have indicated the double Champions League and La Liga winner would be available at a price of around £34million.

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