Arsenal are ready to make a ‘serious financial push’ to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following the forward’s match-winning display in the FA Cup final.
Aubameyang secured Arsenal‘s record-extending 14th FA Cup success after scoring both goals in last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Wembley, a result which delivered a maiden piece of silverware for Mikel Arteta and sealed the Gunners’ place in next season’s Europa League.
Qualification for continental competition has given Arsenal a better indication of their financial position and the north London side are now prepared to step up their efforts to retain Aubameyang, the Gabon international having entered the final year of his contract and yet to agree terms on a new deal.
⚽ No player has scored more PL goals than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang since his debut in the competition in February 2018 (54) pic.twitter.com/BtaWUc0j6Y
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) July 26, 2020
Aubameyang has established himself as one of the Premier League‘s finest forwards since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund two-and-a-half years ago, winning a share of the division’s Golden Boot in his first full season before becoming the first Arsenal player since Thierry Henry to score 20+ league goals in consecutive campaigns during 2019/20.
Arsenal are desperate to keep the club captain at the Emirates and according to the Mirror will now begin ‘serious negotiations’ to secure his future, with the 31-year-old believed to be demanding a three-year contract worth a £250,000-a-week.
Arteta is hopeful the club’s cup success can persuade Aubameyang he can win major silverware in north London and has suggested the forward can join the likes of Ian Wright, Henry and Dennis Bergkamp as a Gunners’ great should he remain with the club.
Talks are now set to continue over a new deal for the forward in what would prove a huge boost to Arteta’s hopes of success as he continues his Arsenal rebuild, Aubameyang having scored 70 goals in just 109 appearances since arriving in English football.