Sport Aubameyang avoids future question but Arteta optimistic Arsenal's FA Cup hero will stay
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A prolific Gabonese frontman is yet to commit to fresh terms at Emirates Stadium, but the future is looking brighter for the club under Mikel ArtetaBack in January 2018, the north London outfit dug deep in an effort to prevent a key man from hitting free agency.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang refused to be drawn on his future are netting a match-winning brace for Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
The Gabonese striker underlined his value to the Gunners cause with
Mikel Arteta’s side have continued to look to their captain for inspiration throughout the uncertainty surrounding his contract situation.
Arteta hopes for a Cup victory to keep Aubameyang
© Supplied by Sofoot A first English trophy for Aubame? This is one of the big questions of this transfer window on the Arsenal side: will Mikel Arteta be able to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer? The Gabonese’s future is unclear with a year from the end of his contract in north London, but the Spanish technician may have new arguments if he wins against rival Chelsea in the FA Cup final. “ It's a whole.
The 31-year-old has remained coy on his plans, with plenty suggesting that major silverware would be required in order for a prolific presence to put pen to paper.
Arsenal now have that, along with qualification for the Europa League, but Aubameyang continues to give little away.
Asked if he had a message for the club’s supporters on his future after guiding them to another trophy triumph, he told“Nothing. Today is about the trophy.”
Arteta was also quizzed on the plans of his talismanic skipper, with the Spaniard reiterating his belief that a deal will be agreed at some stage.
"He knows what I think about him," said Arteta. "I want to build the squad around him. I think he wants to stay and it is just about getting the deal done.
Arteta urges Aubameyang to join Arsenal greats by staying at Gunners
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can rank alongside the likes of Ian Wright and Thierry Henry if he stays at Arsenal, says Mikel Arteta.Aubameyang scored both goals – as he did in the semi-final win over Manchester City – as Arsenal completed a stirring 2-1 FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea on Saturday.
"But I think these moments will help him to realise and believe that we are in the right path and he is a big part of that. He is loved by everybody at the club. Hopefully he can continue with us."
When asked if Aubameyang will extend his time at Emirates Stadium, Arteta replied: "I think he will, yes."
Talks are, however, on hold for now as the Gunners revel in ending their 2019-20 campaign on a high.
It has been a testing season for the north London outfit, with another managerial change made, but optimism has returned under Arteta and they now have tangible reward for their efforts.
“We enjoyed it and we are all happy,” Aubameyang said on sealing FA Cup success.
He added on the job done by Arteta, who took the reins in December and is filling a first managerial post of his coaching career: “I think he deserved this win. He did a great job and we are all happy to have him on board and we all follow him.”
Aubameyang played a leading role in giving his boss something to celebrate against Chelsea.
The Blues took the lead early on throughwith Arsenal restoring parity from the spot.
Aubameyang’s second of the game was worthy of winning any game, as he wriggled through the Chelsea defence and fired past Willy Caballero with his left foot.
He said of that finish, with Gunners legend Ian Wright among those in attendance: “It was Wrighty of the 90s.
“[Kurt] Zouma knows me well and knows I am right footed but that’s why I said ‘ok, I’ll go on my left’.”
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The Gunners outcast will see out the remaining year of his contract, according to his representativeOzil was frozen out of Arsenal's squad by Unai Emery in the first half of the season, but found himself swiftly restored to the starting XI under his successor Mikel Arteta, who took the top job at Emirates Stadium in December.