Mikel Arteta Says Aubameyang is Willing to Stay at Arsenal


The manager of Arsenal football club, Mikel Arteta, has insisted that the captain of the club, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, is willing to stay with the club beyond the duration of his current contract.

The Gabon international who just clocked 31-year-old on June 18 has been a subject of speculations in the transfer market. The initial reports were saying that Arsenal football club was yet to make an offer for the club’s highest goalscorer whose current contract will expire in June 2021.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding his stay at the club, top European clubs have been knocking on the door for the signature of the pacing striker. The top on the list is Spanish La Liga giants, Real Madrid.

Aubameyang‘s future with Arsenal has generated mixed reactions among football pundits. Most of them believe that Arsenal talisman is too good for the club, hence, he should move to a more ambitious club. While others believe that the player is too important for Arsenal, hence, the club should not let him go.

There is no doubt that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the best thing currently at Arsenal and he has proven that since he joined the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2018. In his first full season with Arsenal, the Gabon striker was a joint top scorer in the Premier League.

Aubameyang has scored 22 goals and has made 2 assists in 36 appearances in all competitions this season alone. Just on Wednesday, July 1, the prolific striker became the fastest Arsenal player in history to score 50 Premier League goals, achieving the landmark in his 79th appearance for the Gunners. He scored two goals in the club’s 4-0 bashing of Norwich City on Wednesday.

Mikel Arteta Hopes Aubameyang can score 100 goals for Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mikel Arteta
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mikel Arteta

So far in the Premier League this season, Aubameyang has scored 19 goals to become the current highest goal scorer in the league alongside Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.

This is why the manager of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, would do all within his power to keep him beyond next season but the coach had said that he has no administrative power to stop the club from selling him if they want to.

“He is willing to stay with us,” Arteta said after Arsenal’s win over Norwich. “He is really happy where he is. He can see what we are trying to do and hopefully, he can evolve as well some parts of his game he might feel he can improve. We are pushing him every day. I leave that to the football club and the senior people that finalise the contracts.”

On Aubameyang’s millstone of scoring 50 Premier League goals in 79 matches, Mike Arteta described Aubameyang has a player who can make the difference in any match.

“A player that is able to score as many goals as he has done in that short space of time tells you everything about the importance that he has for us,” Arteta said.

“Players that can make the difference in any moment in the game every three days in competitions. That is a big task and he has done that at different clubs. [I hope he can score] at least another 100 but I don’t know. I am not a magician.”


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