Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is hopeful of keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the club because the striker can see how the team is improving under his guidance. The Gunners are currently 9th in the table and seven points off fourth-placed Chelsea and while they still have a long way to go before securing a Champions League qualifying spot, they are currently on a 10-game undefeated streak in all competitions.
Aubameyang has been fantastic for Arsenal since he joined the club in January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth £56million.
This season the 30-year-old has 19 goals and an assist in 30 appearances in all competitions.
However, the Gabon international will only have 12 months remaining on his current contract come the summer.
He had previously delayed talks about signing a new deal as he has been left frustrated that the club have failed to challenge for silverware and are at risk of once again missing out on playing in the Champions League.
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However, according to the Mirror, there is a growing feeling that Aubameyang can see the club is moving in the right direction under Arteta and as a result they may be able to convince him to stay.
The club face a difficult situation regarding the player’s contract talks, because if Aubameyang isn’t convinced and doesn’t sign a new deal, then he could leave on a free transfer in 2021.
One option is to sell him in the summer, but the club don’t want to part with a striker who has scored 60 goals and provided 13 assists in just 95 appearances for the Gunners.
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Arsenal still have two routes to qualify for the Champions League next season, either through a place in the Premier League or by winning the Europa League.
Only Liverpool, who are undefeated, has lost fewer games in the league this season than the Gunners, who along with Manchester City and Wolves have lost six games.
However, Arsenal’s problem is that they are not winning enough matches this season, as their eight victories is the lowest tally when compared to the top 12 teams in the table.
The report claims Aubameyang is happier at the club now than he was with Unai Emery as manager but the team’s performances for the remaining games of the season could ultimately decide whether or not the striker stays.
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And while Arteta understands the player’s frustrations the Spaniard is still hopeful they can persuade him to stay.
“Hopefully we can convince him that this is the right place for him and that he has a future here,” Arteta said.
“I think it’s been tough for a player like him, because there’s been a lot of disappointment in the last few months or years because he has big expectations and he wants to play for the biggest clubs in the biggest tournaments.
“He wants to be up there with the best players in the world, and we have to try and support him and give him everything as a club, so that he really feels fulfilled here. That’s the challenge that we have.”
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