Arsenal will move to secure the futures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette by giving them fresh contracts, according to Daily Mail.
Both strikers starred in Arsenal’s two-leg triumph over Valencia in the Europa League semifinal, but that only confirmed what has been obvious for a long time; that their contribution is immensely important for this Arsenal side. Recognizing that, the club will look to make sure they don’t go anywhere any time soon.
Aubameyang may be turning 30 next month, but he’s still a terrific striker, arguably good enough for any forward line in Europe, which would make him an attractive prospect for those chasing after a quality forward. And if he was to receive a good offer, the likely lack of Champions League football may make him give a move some serious consideration.
Lacazette, on the other hand, has already been linked with Barcelona, as the Catalans look to find a long-term successor for 32-year-old Luis Suarez. Back in his days with Lyon, he was a man in much demand and Arsenal were lucky to snap him up under the very noses of some serious competition, but now they must make sure he stays where he is for as long as he is needed.
The new deals will presumably see both strikers earn significantly more than they do at the moment.
On the other hand, Mesut Ozil’s agent has revealed that the German intends to stay put and see the remaining two years of his contract out; not that there has been any serious interest in him from any big club which is quite understandable, given his wages of £300,000 per week.
It is to hoped that the attacking midfielder will do his best to justify such expense on the pitch by, firstly, staying fit for the best part of a season, and secondly, by putting in a decent effort and good performances on a more regular basis.