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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal the FA Cup with two goals in the 2-1 final against Chelsea last Saturday. The question remains where the future of the 31-year-old striker lies, since his contract with the Gunners expires in a year. The Daily Mirror reports that Aubameyang can extend his Arsenal commitment by three years at a huge salary.
Aubameyang currently earns less than 200,000 euros a week and required a weekly salary of 278,000 euros in the negotiations for a new contract, which amounts to 14.5 million euros a year. Because of these stringent requirements, according to the Daily Mail in January not from a transfer to Chelsea, where the Gabonese striker would have been offered by his entourage. The Blues had to make Aubameyang the highest paid player in club history and didn’t like that.
The fact that Arsenal has secured European football by winning the FA Cup offers financial opportunities to continue immediately. The current Aubameyang commitment would have another option to add an additional year to it, however the Gunners don’t want to let it get that far and offer him a new contract in the short term. This means that Aubameyang can sign for three years at an annual salary of 14.5 million euros, bringing the total value of the agreement to 43.5 million euros.
Barcelona and Internazionale, among others, are mentioned as candidates to hijack Aubameyang at Arsenal, but manager Mikel Arteta has once again called on his captain to sign. If it were up to Arteta, the re-drawing of Aubameyang marks the start of a renovation of the selection. The Daily Mail writes that Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Mattéo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sead Kolasinac, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Héctor Bellerín and Alexandre Lacazette may be sold.
Arsenal also wants to wear Mesut Özil, as he presses heavily on the budget with his weekly salary of almost 400,000 euros. However, the German midfielder has no intention of leaving and wants to serve his contract until next year. Only when players are sold can the Gunners the transfer market for reinforcements. Thomas Partey of Atlético Madrid and Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona are in every concrete picture, while Arteta also hopes to add a defensive reinforcement to his selection.