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Fresh Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract hint as Arsenal’s transfer plans boosted by windfall

Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.

Player ratings vs Watford

Arsenal’s 2019/20 Premier League ended the same way it started – with victory as they overcame Watford 3-2 at home.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored either side of Kieran Tierney’s first-ever goal for the club, but it was not enough for the Gunners captain to catch Jamie Vardy in the Golden Boot race.

Meanwhile, the home side looked rather nervous at the back which could be a worrying sign ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.

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As expected, Aubameyang scored high in the ratings, as did goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez who made a couple of big saves in the second half to prevent the Hornets from completing a remarkable comeback.

But how did the rest of the team fare?

Click here for football.london’s Arsenal player ratings vs Watford.

Arteta transcript

Gunners head coach, Mikel Arteta, faced the media following the Watford game and one of the main talking points from his press conference was about Martinez starting in the final.

“Emi has earned his place with another brilliant performance again today. When the team needed him he made some fantastic saves.

“Bernd is still recovering from his injuries so Emi’s the one now.”

Emi Martinez will start the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
(Image: Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The number one for now?

“In football next week is too much. Let’s hope that he’s available for the game and if that’s the case he will start the final.”

Full transcript.

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Windfall that could fund Partey transfer

Thomas Partey is just one of several names being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium now that the transfer window is officially open.

But according to journalist David Vinuesa Malbac, Atletico Madrid have made a decision that they will only sell if the midfielder’s release clause of around £45 million is met.

And Arsenal’s final day win over Watford just may prove crucial to getting the deal over the line.

(Image: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

The extra incentive against the Hornets was to finish as high as possible after it was reported by Swiss Ramble that the impact of every position this year will be around £2.7 million.

As a result of finishing eighth in the Premier League table, it will provide Arteta with an extra £5.4 million to potentially spend on transfers.

Had they finished 10th, they would have earned around £13.3 million less.

Fresh Aubameyang contract hint

Aubameyang sent one Arsenal fan into a frenzy ahead of scoring a brace against Watford.

As seen via the tweet below, during Saturday’s training session at London Colney he was pictured making a gesture that he was signing a contract.

And he did so with a massive grin on his face, almost as though he was teasing the Gunners…