Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future could be one of the big talking points during the summer transfer window.
The Gabonese striker is out of contract at the Emirates Stadium come the end of the 2020/21 campaign, meaning he will have just one year left on his current deal when the summer comes around.
Negotiations over a new deal in north London have stalled and Arsenal may be forced to cash in on their captain when the transfer window opens in July.
He is one player the fans would be loathe to lose, but similarly, the Gunners would not want to lose him for free a year later.
He has no shortage of suitors and here we round-up the latest on the Gabonese striker’s future.
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Aubameyang on Arteta
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says that Arsenal are already feeling the benefit of Mikel Arteta’s shake-up at the Emirates Stadium.
Former Manchester City assistant Arteta was appointed head coach nine days ago and took charge of his first game on Boxing Day. Though the result was a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth there were signs of improvement in Arsenal’s performance.
Those have also been reflected on the training ground with Arsenal players impressed with the shake-up at London Colney.
“We need to make sure, all of us, players and fans, that he has a successful home debut,” Aubameyang wrote in his programme notes. “He’s only been in charge for a few days but we’ve seen a bit difference already.
“We needed someone who would come in and shake the whole squad up. Someone with new ideas, with a new message and someone who would take us in a different direction. Mikel has brought all of that.
“We needed a fresh new start and something different and we can feel it already.
“He is very rigorous and demanding on the training pitch. It’s all about details with him so he talks a lot, repositions us, explains a lot of little things.”
Arsenal urged to sell Aubameyang
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says Arsenal should sell Aubameyang.
“You look at up front and the age of Aubameyang, he’s got a year to go,” Carragher said on the Sky Sports Christmas Transfer show.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they cashed in on Aubameyang if somebody offered them big money
That’s even though he’s one of the top strikers in the Premier League.
“They do still have Lacazette there also but it’s a big job at Arsenal.”
Agent delivers update
According to journalist Ian McGarry , Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s representatives have made it very clear to Arsenal that their client wants to leave the club in January.
There is reportedly definite interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, while Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud would be ‘open’ to rejoining Arsenal.
The Frenchman’s future at Stamford Bridge looks bleak, with Frank Lampard preferring Tammy Abraham as his lone striker.
Olivier Giroud during a Chelsea training…