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Arsenal facing ‘huge battle’ to convince Aubameyang to stay

Arsenal are said to be facing a ‘huge battle’ in order to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at the club.

Aubameyang has just 18 months remaining on his contract at the Emirates, and having turned 30 back in June, is understandably keen to play at the highest level, though Arsenal look increasingly likely to miss out on Champions League football for a fourth successive season.

According to the Telegraph, the Gabon international has ‘promised to give everything’ to the Gunners while at the club, scoring his 13th Premier League goal of the season in the 2-1 loss to Chelsea at the weekend.

However, the report adds that the North London club have a ‘huge battle’ on their hands to convince him to commit his future to the club beyond the end of the season when the Gunners could be forced to cash in on the former Dortmund forward rather than losing him for free in 2021.

Aubameyang, who arrived at Arsenal in January 2018 for a then club-record £56 million, has been linked with the likes of Inter Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Manchester United were said to be interested back in the summer.

Arsenal currently sit in 12th in the league, 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, with the Europa League looking their most likely route to Champions League qualification.

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