Arsenal could offer a bumper new contract to talismanic striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this week in a bid to keep him at the Emirates Stadium.
Aubameyang turned in another stellar display at the weekend as the Gunners beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley to secure their 14th FA Cup title – no club in English football has won more.
It was Aubameyang’s brace at the national stadium which secured a first trophy for Mikel Arteta as Arsenal boss, and perhaps more importantly, secured the club a Europa League place next term at Wolves’ expense.
European football at the Emirates next season is a huge boost for manager Mikel Arteta, as not only does it give the club greater appeal in terms of attracting new players, but may also go a long way to keeping hold of the prolific Aubameyang.
The Gabon international, who recently turned 31, has been subject of speculation all season, largely due to his excellent goalscoring form coupled with Arsenal’s lacklustre showing this campaign.
Newspaper the Daily Star suggest that the Gunners are willing to offer Aubameyang a £250,000 a week deal to convince him to stay at the club, whereas other sources are suggesting a new deal worth more than £40m could be signed by the end of the week.
Whatever the scenario, Arsenal know that losing Aubameyang is also losing a major asset in the hunt for success.