Arsenal have reopened the talks over a new contract with the representatives of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to the Mirror.
The Gabonese is tied to the club until the summer of 2021, which means he will enter the final 12 months of the deal this summer if a new one isn’t signed by then. That could force Arsenal to seriously consider selling their arguably best player at the moment, and that is never good for a club’s image. There were talks over a new deal during the first half of the season, until reports came from Spain claiming the 31-year-old had put them on hold ahead of the winter transfer window, until he learned how serious Barcelona are about their intention to sign him.
Many other reports claimed Aubameyang was frustrated by the team’s lack of progress under Unai Emery and was ready to quit, but it’s become quite obvious that Arsenal are a different prospect since Mikel Arteta took the reins. Also, Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal recently revealed that the Catalan club had decided against pursuing the Arsenal man. It seems that Inter Milan are still interested in his services, should Barcelona end up signing Lautaro Martinez from them in the summer, but regardless of any of that, if talks about a fresh contract with the captain have really been taken off the shelf and put on the table again, it’s definitely good news.
It would be a strong indicator of how right the decision to part ways with Emery and bring Arteta in was, while the contract getting signed could serve as a good example for other players who perhaps considered their futures away from the Emirates in light of a potential lack of European football next season. Apart from Aubameyang, Arsenal are reportedly keen on securing the long-term future of Bukayo Saka too.