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Arteta hints at Aubameyang promise after first Arsenal trophy as coach
Mikel Arteta expressed his pride at winning his first trophy as Arsenal manager, after they beat Chelsea to clinch the FA Cup.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace to bring Arsenal back from behind after Christian Pulisic had given their rivals the lead.
Arsenal rallied back into the game, though, and got the win to end a mixed season on a high note. They qualify for the Europa League as a result.
Arteta revealed after the game how impressed he was by their spirit to come back into the game and hold on.
He told BBC Sport: “It was a difficult start when we conceded so early. If I know something about these players, is that we weren’t going to give up.
“We played probably the best 30 minutes after since I arrived. I am so proud to represent these players and this club.
“It is a double reward for us. It is really important for this club in every way to be in Europe. We all did it so I am so happy.
“The players were completely knackered and they made a massive effort through the coronavirus to keep fit so I am so happy for them.”
While Aubameyang played a starring role, there are fears that it may have been his last game for the club.
The Gabonese striker is out of contract next year, meaning Arsenal face a race against time to keep him. But Arteta is hopeful that they will be able to, after promising to build a team around him.
“He knows what I think about him. I want to build the squad around him,” Arteta insisted. “I think he wants to stay and it is just about getting the deal done.
“But I think these moments will help him to realise and believe that we are in the right path and he is a big part of that. He is loved by everybody at the club. Hopefully he can continue with us.”
Asked for a definitive answer if Aubameyang would sign up, Arteta replied: “I think he will, yes.”
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