Arsenal FC of London is sweating to keep their talismanic forward Aubamayang at the Emirate stadium. The contract of the Gabonese forward comes to an end at the close of next season. As early as January 2021 he will be free to talk to potential suitors.
Arsenal has had to ply this route with their players numerous times. They let Ramsey go to Juventus for free, swapped Sanches for the ineffective Mkhitaryan and consequently placed Ozil at an exorbitant wage to keep him.
Before the FA cup final, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says winning Saturday’s Heads Up FA Cup final to secure European football next season may persuade captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at the club.
Gabon striker Aubameyang, 31, has one year left on his contract.
“I don’t have that feeling,” said Arteta when asked if the Final will be Aubameyang’s last.
“Winning the trophy helps you believe. If you wear the armband and lift that cup, that will help.”
It generates trust when you win titles. It creates moments when, together, you go through some good emotions.
Before this game, Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League, outside the European qualification spots. Still, victory over Frank Lampard’s side at Wembley would mean a Europa League place for 2020-21.
Former midfielder Arteta, who captained Arsenal to FA Cup wins in 2014 and 2015, says experiencing that success could convince Aubameyang to trust the club are going in the right direction.
“I wouldn’t like to link these two factors [keeping Aubameyang and European football], but financially it would be helpful. We’ve got an opportunity to do both,” said the 38-year-old Spaniard, who took charge of the Gunners – his first job in management – in December after being Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.
“It’s a package. It would help if you had a lot of ingredients on the table to persuade a player. At the moment he is with us, and I think he should be proud of where he is.
It is with high hopes that Arsenal fans pray that Their beloved captain lifts the trophy Saturday 1st August 2020 at Wembley.