According to ESPN, the Gunners are yet to offer a contract extension to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is being courted by clubs such as Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Barcelona.
Despite being played out of position frequently, Aubameyang has dazzled with 61 goals in 97 appearances for Arsenal. With just 13 months left in his contract, the Gabonese superstar could follow in the path of Aaron Ramsey, who signed a pre-contract with Juventus last year.
Aubameyang became the club captain in 2019 after Granit Xhaka’s removal from the role owing to his public spat with the fans. However, captaincy seems to have little impact on the success of the contract negotiations.
The 30-year-old forward is desperate to play in the Champions League and the Gunners cannot negotiate from a position of strength if they fail to qualify for the most coveted club competition in Europe. It leaves Arsenal in a tricky position where they have to either sell the attacker now or risk losing him for nothing.
Aubameyang’s eventual departure, if a new contract isn’t agreed, would add to the long list of players who have left the North-London club for other clubs. Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie, Samir Nasri, Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, and Aaron Ramsey have left the club in recent times much to the dismay of Arsenal fans.
If the captain departs along with Alexandre Lacazette, also out of contract in 13 months, the attacking burden will fall on the shoulders of youngster Gabriel Martinelli, who has excelled in his first season at Arsenal.
However, the Gabonese skipper is happy in the capital which may work in the club’s favor in retaining the services of a prolific attacker who is revered by the squad and fans alike in North London.
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