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Arteta confident Aubameyang will sign new three-year Arsenal deal | Football

Mikel Arteta is confident Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will commit his future to Arsenal by signing a new three-year deal.

Aubameyang has one year left on his contract and Arteta believes negotiations with the striker over an extension are nearing a successful conclusion. Arsenal, who are close to strengthening in central defence by signing Gabriel Magalhães from Lille, are desperate to keep the 31-year-old and are ready to hand him a deal worth £250,000 a week.

“I keep being positive, we have some really good talks with him and his agent,” Arteta said. “I am pretty confident we’re going to find an agreement soon. That’s my feeling. I think he should be very happy if he is able to stay at the club for a long time. I think people will be delighted with that news.”

Arsenal strengthened their bargaining power when they secured Europa League qualification by beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final. They have secured Willian on a three-year deal after the Brazilian’s winger exit from Chelsea and are expected to sign Gabriel for £27m.

Arteta, whose team face Liverpool in the Community Shield on Saturday, also hopes to sign Dani Ceballos after the Real Madrid midfielder impressed on loan at the Emirates Stadium last season. “We have some talks and Dani knows what I think about him,” Arsenal’s manager said. “He was pretty clear with me as well that his intention was to remain with us but obviously Real Madrid is involved and I don’t know yet what they want to do with the player.”

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Arteta kept the door open for Ainsley Maitland-Niles to stay. Wolves are in talks with Arsenal over a £20m deal for the versatile midfielder, who feels he is not starting enough games. “He’s a player that I really like,” Arteta said. “The best way to show that is that I have played him in the most important games of the season.

“I am always open to listening to what the player is feeling at every stage of their career and then I can give them my opinion of how I see them. If there is something that doesn’t work then we have to assess it.”