Arsenal are preparing their first official offer of a new contract to be presented to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to The Telegraph.
The future of the current captain has been a subject of numerous speculative reports, with Barcelona, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain all mentioned as interested in obtaining his services, and though such reports are often wide of the mark, there’s no denying that the matter has been a great concern for head coach Mikel Arteta and the Arsenal hierarchy. His current deal has already entered its final months, and if a new one isn’t agreed pretty soon, the club will be facing a choice between two evils – whether to put their best player on the market now to try and get some money to reinvest, or to keep him for another season and say their goodbyes without any compensation next summer.
But things appear to have moved in the right direction in recent weeks, if only slightly. Apparently, Aubameyang is happy with the way Arteta is running the team and would be willing to continue playing under his command. The Gunners, though losing all chances of securing European football through the Premier League by losing to Aston Villa on Tuesday, have reached the FA Cup final and are certainly in with a chance to win the trophy when they face Chelsea in the final next week.
However, the current glimpse of success alone is not enough for the 31-year-old forward to pledge his future to the club. He will need to feel that the club and its owners are indeed fully behind Arteta and his ideas, which Arteta adamantly claims they are.
If he accepts the forthcoming offer and signs the new contract, Aubameyang will be earning £250,000 per week plus some considerable bonuses. It is still less than the wages the club are paying Mesut Ozil right now, but they will have learnt from the mistake they made when they agreed for the German to be earning that much.