Arsenal are putting the finishing touches on what will be their first official offer of a new contract to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to Matt Law of The Telegraph.
The forward’s current deal is set to expire next summer, and the club were expected to sell now if a new one isn’t agreed soon in order to avoid losing him for free. However, they’ve made it clear, especially head coach Mikel Arteta, that they would prefer Aubameyang to put pen to paper and spend several years more at the Emirates.
Apparently, should he agree to the terms offered, the Arsenal captain would be earning £250,000 per week as a base salary, with various bonuses to come on top of that.
The 31-year-old has reportedly been of interest to Barcelona, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, but the Gunners will certainly do what they can to keep hold of their top goalscorer and best player.
As for Aubameyang himself, he is happy to play under Arteta and is giving serious consideration to pledging his future to the club, but he will want assurances that Arteta is going to be backed fully by the owners.
The 2019/20 season in the Premier League hasn’t gone well for Arsenal. They appointed Arteta halfway through the campaign to stop the obvious drop they were experiencing in the final months of Unai Emery’s tenure, but they not only failed to reach their main goal – to qualify for the Champions League, but the defeat to Aston Villa a few days ago knocked them out of the Europa League race as well. They could still make it, though, but only if they beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final next week.
But before that, they will try and end the league term on a high by beating relegation battlers Watford on Sunday.
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