Man­ager calls on club to move quickly to keep Aubameyang

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Sam Dean

Mikel Arteta wants the future of Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang to be re­solved quickly.

Arse­nal’s spend­ing power will de­pend on whether they qual­ify for the Europa League, through the league or by win­ning the FA Cup fi­nal against Chelsea.

Aubameyang, who scored both goals in the FA Cup semi-fi­nal vic­tory over Manch­ester City on Satur­day, is in the fi­nal year of his deal.

The club captain has scored 25 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son and has thrived un­der Arteta’s man­age­ment.

“With Auba, I think I have been pretty clear with what I want,” Arteta said. “The quicker we do it, for me per­son­ally the better be­cause the player will be more fo­cused, more de­ter­mined and more calm.”

The size of the of­fer Arse­nal can af­ford to make to the 31-year-old will be af­fected by their next three games, against As­ton Villa and Wat­ford in the league, and then Chelsea in the Cup. Europa League qual­i­fi­ca­tion would soften some of the fi­nan­cial blow of again fail­ing to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League, but Arse­nal would face se­vere eco­nomic strain if they were un­able to play in Europe next sea­son.

“When I was talk­ing about the un­cer­tain things that we have on the ta­ble, ob­vi­ously he [Aubameyang] is one of them,” Arteta said. “There is an­other one of where we are go­ing to fin­ish and whether we are go­ing to be play­ing in Europe.

Then all these sit­u­a­tions with the mar­ket, how it is go­ing to de­velop.”

Mean­while, on-loan mid­fielder Dani Ce­bal­los has said he is open to stay­ing, al­though the club’s hopes of sign­ing him will de­pend on Real Madrid’s will­ing­ness to sell or loan the Spa­niard again. Arteta has in­di­cated his de­sire to keep him.

“I have to re­turn to Real Madrid and they have to make a de­ci­sion be­cause I have a con­tract there for the next three years,” Ce­bal­los told Sky Sports. “But the truth is I’m very happy at Arse­nal.”

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