No excuses left warns Stoger

01 February 2018 07:25:05 EST

Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger has warned his side they have no excuses now that the transfer saga of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been settled.

The 28-year-old frontman completed a £56million move to Arsenal on transfer deadline day, finally putting an end to uncertainty which had reigned since last summer, when a switch to Spain appeared likely.

And, with Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi arriving on loan as a replacement, Stoger says his players simply have to start to deliver on the pitch.

He told Bild: "It's good that it's over because that issue occupied so much space in public. Now there's not that issue anymore behind which you can hide."

Dortmund are currently down in sixth place in the Bundesliga standings, having drawn all three league games played since the winter break.

They are priced at 1/100 to secure a top-four finish this season, with RB Leipzig 33/1 and Schalke 1/1000.

Meanwhile, BVB sporting director Michael Zorc has admitted that the loan arrival of Belgium international Batshuayi was a timely one, with Dortmund unwilling to part with much of the cash they received for Aubameyang.

He told Der Westen: "We were not willing to splash out millions on a new number No.9 under pressure

"We made a conscious decision for a loan because the market is tight in the winter. We looked closely at several attackers and Batshuayi is a very good solution."

Meanwhile, versatile defender Marc Bartra exited Dortmund just before the transfer window shut, agreeing a return to his homeland to join Real Betis.

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