Mikel Arteta will be hoping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has sealed his own fate.
Two more goals from Arsenal ‘s main man secured another FA Cup triumph for the London club and a place in the Europa League next season.
Now it’s down to the club’s board to strike at the double themselves and secure the future of someone who has carried this team on his own at times.
The Gabon striker, 31, went into this showdown having entered the final 12 months of his contract – and came out of knowing he can now name his own price.
Former Gunners star Paul Merson admitted earlier this week that Aubameyang had the club ‘over a barrel’. He doesn’t. He has them bowing before his talented feet, desperate to know if he will reject the chance to join Barcelona or Inter Milan in favour of staying where he is.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang refused to be drawn on his Arsenal future after winning the FA Cup
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The Gunners have an option on Aubameyang’s deal to extend it to 2022, but the clause would see his wages rise significantly and also land him a multi-million bonus. The overall package would cost the club up to £20m.
So what? German flop Mesut Ozil earns this amount from the Gunners every four months. They might as well flush the same mind-boggling amounts down the drain.
While Ozil was AWOL once again yesterday, Aubameyang was plundering his 28th and 29th goals of a stunning season to enhance his reputation as one of the most lethal strikers in Europe.
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Arsenal will be wary about handing Aubameyang a bumper deal after the downturn in Mesut Ozil’s form since he signed a £350,000-a-week deal