Arsenal: Mikel Arteta Speaks On Aubameyang’s New Deal

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta speaking to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he is “pretty positive” about agreeing on a new contract with 30-year-old striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Aubameyang’s current deal runs out in June 2021, and Arteta says the club have to show him why he should stay.

“He needs to feel valued, he needs to feel he belongs to us and that we want him,” said Arteta.

Aubameyang has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances for the Gunners since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.

Arteta added: “I think at the moment I am extremely happy with how he’s been performing and behaving.

“I have a really good relationship with him and we can discuss face to face a lot of things. So far as I’m aware I think he’s very happy at the club.”

However, while Arteta remains optimistic, Aubameyang told French football programme Telefoot that he “hasn’t had an offer recently” from the club.

Barcelona and Inter Milan are understood to be interested in the forward.

Arsenal, who are ninth in the table, travel to second-placed Manchester City when the Premier League restarts on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

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source: BBC

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