Mikel Arteta positive over contract extension for Aubameyang


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remains positive about the club’s prospects of extending the contract of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international has only 12 months remaining on his existing deal with the north London giants and so far, the club have made no breakthrough in the contract negotiations.

That has led to suggestions that he could be sold during the next transfer window but Arteta remains positive about committing the marksman to a new long-term deal, he told: “We have many discussions with Pierre, with his family and his agent. I’m pretty positive we can find the right agreement for all parties. I think it is our responsibility to make him feel this is the right next step in his career. In order to do that he needs to feel valued, he needs to feel he belongs to us and that we want him. He really needs to believe we can take this club forward in the way we want to and he’s going to be a key part.”

Aubameyang has bagged 61 goals from 97 appearances for the Gunners since joining them from Borussia Dortmund more than two years ago. During this period, no other Arsenal player has come to the tally and that explains his seer importance in the club’s attack. At the age of 31, the versatile forward definitely has the ambition of winning trophies and it remains to be seen whether Arteta can convince him to stay put with the assurance of turning around the club’s fortunes.

The north London side are facing a tough task of qualifying for the Champions League this term with an eight-point gap to the top four with nine games to play. They can, however, push for potential silverware through the FA Cup. The capital outfit qualified for the quarter-final stage before the coronavirus shutdown, but they won’t have an easier task ahead with the competition from the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City.

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