Manager calls on club to move quickly to keep Aubameyang
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.”