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The numbers behind Arsenal's striker search

By ESPN Staff

Magpies' Owen dismisses transfer speculation

Michael Owen has dismissed fresh speculation that he is set to move away from Newcastle. The striker is confused by the regularity of reports that he is due to leave the club, and has told supporters that he remains committed to The Magpies.

The England striker's future has been the subject of conjecture almost since he arrived at St James' Park in 2005, and the latest rumours suggest Manchester City are once again tracking him with interest.

'There's been speculation since I signed and I don't know where it's come from,' he told Sky Sports News.

'But actions speak louder than words and I'm still here, I'm still loving my time here.

'It seems like not a month goes by without somebody saying I'm leaving.

'It's water off a duck's back to me, I've had worse things thrown at me in my career, but I feel sorry for the fans, it must be so frustrating for them.

'I'm looking forward to continuing the season with Newcastle and hopefully we can do well.'

Owen does not believe he could have done any more to dispel talk from those who doubt his loyalty to Newcastle.

He explained: 'I've said many times that I'm happy here. Speculation has followed me since I've been here and I can't do anything about that.

'I always say the right things and every time I play I try my hardest.'