Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could sign a new contract at Arsenal before the team play Fulham in the Premier League ’s opener on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners have been desperate to keep hold of the Gabon international, who has sneered the final year of his current deal at the club.
The 31-year-old would be able to leave the Emirates on a free transfer next summer if fresh terms are not agreed.
Rumours about what Aubameyang will decide to do have been rife all summer, but it is now being reported that a new three-year deal is close to being agreed.
It is claimed that boss Mikel Arteta played an instrumental role in convincing the striker to stay at Arsenal beyond this summer.
Sky Sports transfer expert Dharmesh Sheth gave an update on the situation on Thursday, and says the new contract could be signed in the next couple of days.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to sign a new deal at Arsenal
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The Gunners travel to Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon for the curtain raiser to the new Premier League season, and Aubameyang could have put pen to paper ahead of kick-off.
“The when could be in the next couple of days – and it will be a three-year contract for the Arsenal captain,” Sheth told The Transfer Show.
“Arsenal kick off the new Premier League season at Fulham on Saturday lunch time – and there is every chance there will be an announcement before that match.
Aubameyang is set to sign a new deal
“The wait might have had Arsenal fans worried, but all the noises coming out of the club suggested this will have a happy ending. If there were any doubts, would he have continued to captain the team?
“Would Mikel Arteta have continued to talk so positively about Aubameyang staying on?
“Talking of Arteta, David Ornstein of The Athletic , who has great contacts at Arsenal, says he has been instrumental in persuading Aubameyang to stay.”