Bernd Leno claims continued speculation about his future will not distract Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from leading Arsenal back into Europe.
Gunners goalkeeper Leno insists he and his team-mates never feared skipper Aubameyang would quit the club last month for Barcelona.
The Gabon striker was firmly on Barca’s radar as his contract runs down but a bid never materialised.
And Leno reckons Aubameyang is fully focused on doing something special under Mikel Arteta this season.
He said: “I think not too many players talked about this. Of course there are many rumours and other people talk about this.
“But you never had the feeling that any player was thinking about another club or wanted to leave or was refusing to train, or something like that, or they didn’t have the mentality in the training.
“Everybody can see we have a new manager and a new mentality. We want to build something here at Arsenal.
“Maybe it takes a little bit of time, but of course we also want to have good results straight away now.
“You can see on the pitch all these rumours [don’t affect] these players - they are fighting, they are leading the team and this is the only way.”
Aubameyang has been a key man for Arteta since his appointment in December and helped them extend their unbeaten start to 2020 in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Burnley.
But despite a third clean sheet in nine games under the Spaniard, the Gunners drew another blank up front and have not won this few league games at this stage of a league season since 1913.
Leno said: “I think we have chances in every game, we just have to take the chances.
“Against Burnley we had chances to score maybe two or three goals, but I think everything comes further along.”