Arsenal Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Besiktas midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng had a joint Instagram live on Saturday, March 28, 2020, where Boateng took the lead in the live conversation by asking Aubameyang about his future at Arsenal.
Aubameyang who spent most part of the conversation laughing decided to play the lay back role in the conversation.
Kevin-Prince Boateng who has played for Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, has a running contract with Fiorentina but on loan to Besiktas.
The 33-year-old former Ghanaian international asked the 30-year-old Arsenal and Gabon national team captain how many years he still has on his contract at Arsenal. Aubameyang told him that he has over a year left on his contract.
Boateng asked him a follow-up question on whether he would like to stay at Arsenal by signing a new contract with the Gunners, Aubameyang in a serious laughing mood, responded with “sure”.
And then the former Ghanaian International jokingly asked him whether he would like them to swap clubs; he swaps to Arsenal while
Aubameyang swaps to Besiktas, the Arsenal captain responded to the joke by telling him to swap.
Watch the conversation here:
The future of Aubameyang at Arsenal
Boateng’s questions on the future of the Arsenal captain are not far from the campaign the fans of the club have been mounting on social media for the management of Arsenal to offer the 30-year-old a new contract.
The fans are scared that they may lose their best player at the club to Real Madrid or Barcelona who has been battling for his signature if Arsenal does not extend his contract beyond 2021.
If Aubameyang fails to sign a new contract with Arsenal in this transfer window and he also fails to move to another club before the expiration of his contract, he would have to do that as a free agent after 2021.
“I try to always be ready, whatever happens. I am a guy who tries to be always ready,” he told the Premier League. “I love the fans here and when I was younger I used to watch Arsenal because they had always great players, and yeah they won trophies as well.”
This could mean that he may want to commit the rest of his future to the club but the fans of the club have seen players who pledge similar commitment in the past but still ended up leaving the club when the least expected. A classic example of that is Cesc Fabregas‘ dramatic move to Barcelona in 2011.