Matt Law of the Telegraph has today provided an update on the contract situation of Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Gabonese hitman Aubameyang has been on the books of Arsenal for almost two-and-a-half years now.
The 30-year-old made the move to north London from Borussia Dortmund in January of 2018, for a then-club-record fee of £56 million.
And to say that he has since gone on to prove himself a hit would be putting it lightly.
All told, across 97 appearances in the red of Arsenal, Aubameyang has found the net a hugely-impressive 61 times, marking a ratio of just under 2 goals every 3 games.
In fact, his 50th strike for the Gunners, which came back in November versus Wolves, saw ‘Auba’ etch his name into the history books of the capital giants:
Aubameyang’s ever-increasing importance to the Arsenal cause, meanwhile, also saw the pacy attacker rewarded in November.
After former boss Unai Emery announced that Granit Xhaka had been stripped of the club’s captaincy, the Spanish tactician opted to name Aubameyang as his side’s new leader.
Arteta ready to act
Despite his integral role in Arsenal’s squad, though, speculation has nevertheless been rife all season that Aubameyang could soon be on the move.
With the Gunners again looking likely to miss out on Champions League football for next season, the African was hotly-tipped for a Barcelona switch this past January, with a fresh Blaugrana swoop in the summer not ruled out.
The mounting question marks surrounding Aubameyang’s future come with the prolific attacker’s contract quickly winding down in north London.
As things stand, Arsenal’s talisman has just a year remaining on his current deal.
Recent days, meanwhile, have seen claims widely vary in the media regarding negotiations between Aubameyang and the Gunners.
Just yesterday, French outlet L’Equipe suggested that those in charge at the Emirates had tabled an offer of fresh terms to their no. 14.
Such claims, though, have since been firmly denied elsewhere, hinting further at an imminent divorce between Arsenal and Aubameyang.
And, as outlined above, a fresh update on the situation has today been forthcoming, courtesy of Matt Law of the Telegraph.
Law backs those who insist that the Gunners are in fact yet to offer a new contract to their star striker. This is attributed in no small part, though, to the widespread delays caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Significantly, meanwhile, it is also added that Mikel Arteta has not yet given up hope of convincing Aubameyang to stay put.
The Arsenal boss is said to be ready to ‘take matters into his own hands’, by holding one-on-one talks with the African, over his plans moving forward:
‘Arteta is desperate to keep the clubs top scorer and build a young and vibrant team around him.’
‘With that in mind, Arteta is preparing to initiate talks and hopes to impress the 30-year-old and his father. Rather than leaving the matter in the hands of the clubs contract and transfer chiefs, Arteta believes he can make a difference by taking a hands-on approach to Aubameyangs future.’
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