Arsenal are looking to rebuild on their recovery under Mikel Arteta next season and one of the big objectives is to keep Aubameyang at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal were beaten by Aston Villa on Tuesday, which means that they will finish between 8th and 10th in the Premier League, their worst finish since 1995. The Gunners will be unable to play in the UEFA competitions next season. Only an FA Cup win can see them through to the Europa League. As things stand, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is going to walk for free in the 2021 summer as well.
According to the Telegraph, Mikel Arteta is keen on having the former Borussia Dortmund striker stay at the Emirates Stadium. The 31-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club in recent times given their inability to compete for the top spots in recent years. Barcelona and Juventus have both been linked with the marksman, with the former being a realistic option.
Aubameyang was the silver lining for the north Londoners in a completely horrific season and proved that he is a big-match player when he scored a brace in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City. The Gabon international is looking to compete for the silverware on a regular basis against Europe’s best for this reason, he is open to moving elsewhere.
The Arsenal board has backed the coach for the longer run as there have been glimpses of what he can achieve with this current team, which is inarguably mediocre. While rebuilding the squad is an unparalleled object at the Gunners’ office, keeping Aubameyang put is of similar importance. Arteta has made it that he wants the striker to say and hopes to resolve the situation soon.
It is believed that the 31-year-old is about to be handed a lucrative contract worth £250,000 a week in the coming days which might just be enough to convince him to extend his contract with the club. However, should the player reject the proposal, they might have to sell him right away as they might bare the risk of losing him for free next season when his contract expires.
Arsenal are slowly but gradually paving their way back to the top with Arteta at the helm, but Aubameyang needs to stay at the club if that is to happen. With Alexandre Lacazette being the subject of a likely exit as well, it will be a potential catastrophe for the north Londoners should they not be able to hold onto their number 14.
Image Credit- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Twitter.