Unai Emery says it would be ‘perfect’ if Arsenal could agree new deals with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Reports last week suggested that contracts had been agreed, but they were premature. However, the club are working on extending the stays of both players, who have become vital to the team and our hopes for the future.

Between the two of them they scored 50 goals last season, and hopefully they can do the same – if not better – this time around.

Quizzed about the talks, Emery said, “They are very important players and their contracts need to be in the same balance.

“It’s a situation that the club are working on. I want the best for the club. And I want the best for the players.

“I think if the club and they are speaking about that, it’s perfect. Edu is here for that reason. There’s also Raul and Huss, working with the players for that.

“It’s important for them, but my focus is on preparing the matches, each training session and making sure the players are focused and concentrated for us and on the work.”

The pair are expected to start tomorrow’s game against Burnley, with the French international recovered from an ankle knock.

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Ya gooner
Ya gooner

Heres to 150 goals between them for the next 3 years at least!

LeProff
LeProff

£150 million transfer price each for barca psg madrid to drool over it.

Richie
Richie

Really hoping these contracts get signed asap; but it should have been done back in May, June or July.
With the European transfer window not closing until I think September 2nd, I guess there is a chance that Barcelona, Real Madrid, or PSG could make a massive 100m+ panic offer for one of them. It may hinge on where Neymar ends up.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Yes, that’s a possibility. The trouble is that we don’t know what either player or, as importantly, their agents want. Lots of Gooners are automatically assuming that both players just want to sign extensions asap. We certainly all hope this is the case, and it may well be, but there’s no real evidence one way or another, is there?

Also, contract negotiations are often much trickier than they used to be with all sorts of additional concerns – image rights and other commercial activities, buy-out clauses, add-ons of various types etc. These can draw out negotiations and could do so here as well.

Another question is what wage increase are they going to be offered? Presumably, it will be fairly substantial. If so, along with the wages of the new arrivals, this will put a big strain on the overall wage bill. I wonder whether Arsenal will wait a little while (although that could be problematic as you say) and see if they can offload high earners such as Ozil, Mustafi and, perhaps, Mkhitaryan before 2 September to free up some headroom.

SB Still
SB Still

They deserve it.

Also, hope to see OPAL – Pepe, Auba and Laca being set-up by Ozil, may not be tomorrow but hopefully soon and often this season.

Nnn
Nnn

To be frank, Auba and Laca have been around enough for Ozil to have set up already. Don’t see what Pepe’s arrival suddenly changes.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Do you mean Ozil’s contract needs to be put in the same balance?

Goonereality
Goonereality

We need to get Ozil’s contract off the wage bill asap – the £350,000 a week can be better spent elsewhere.

Richard
Richard

People just don’t get it, Özil needs players around him to shine, he didn’t have those kinds of players – now he has Pepe on the wing and Ceballos in midfield to combine with. Give him a break at least until he’s had a chance to play a few games with these players. Sure if he lets us done he should be gone, but since it’s very unlikely that we can sell him, let’s just try and support him and hope his strengths are amplified by our newcomers.

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

Glad to know Laca and Abu will not be joining Juventus in a few years for free.

Dave M
Dave M

Fuking hope no one from Arsenal is ever joining Juve for nothing ever again…well, maybe mustafi?

Tankard Gooner
Tankard Gooner

Not sure how Alladin would feel about that..

Sue

Sign da ting!!

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Tings*

Bishop
Bishop

Getting this two to sign new deals that will keep them at the club will convince me that this is truly a pleasant dream.

We sign one of the most promising wingers in Europe eventhough he was wanted by lots of top clubs who could offer him Champions League Football. As if that wasn’t pleasant enough, we go on to get the much needed players for all positions that needed strengthening

Left back . Checked
Center back for the future . Checked
Experienced center back to help right away. Checked
Central Midfielder to fill the gap left by Ramsey. Checked
World class winger who can help our strikers in the goal scoring department. Checked

and (it was not a trolley dash)…

Please somebody wake me up, this dream is too sweet, it is not good for my health, I might get diabetes

Santori
Santori

Not so fast…

Lback yes.

CBack for the future maybe. He is only judged over 19 games.

Cback for current maybe. He works in certain systems. Age is plus and minus. Squillacci was also plenty of experience.

CM temporary and jury still out. He certainly isn’t Santi mk2 and he is yet to sort his feet out.

World class winger yes. BUT we could have also got equally good wingers in for less. OTOH installments and other intangibles (ambition) have to weigh in so overall a great signing.

Trolley dash yes. Luiz is a band aid and panic buy. We could not get business done on Upamecano.

You need to wake up. Yes.

Santori
Santori

Stop taking the sugar coated pill some like to sell…;)

Zakb
Zakb

Revel in it, for it is worth taking insulin for.

Newxieland
Newxieland

Please don’t forget to insert $200m buyout clause.

jamjam

300mill buyout each

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

That is a customary thing Raul does.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Yes, that would certainly be a good idea. Such clauses are very common in Europe, Spain in particular where the amount is usually publicised widely, but still quite rare in this country.

Chidi
Chidi

Glad to see us being proactive. This new management are not just talking the talk, they’re walking the walk. Happy times, hope results stay positive. A paradigm shift from when a little Chilean brought forth his vile and a chairman running the club to the ground. I’d stop the headcount there.

Santori
Santori

Which is part reason I feel why we decided to go for a slightly higher price Pepe.

1) He would hopefully show ambition enough for Lacazette and Auba to extend

2) If not we hedge on one being preyed on in next summer’s market and we have a potential replacement in Pepe (and to lesser extent Nketiah or Martinelli)

It will be hard to say no to a switch for Laca or Auba if we fail to reach the CL fourth place pot Wenger use to deliver and in which many fans so nonchalantly took for granted.

Santori
Santori

Just looking at the brilliant swissramble spread sheet on this summers spend and sales.

1) I think the (rumoured) 40-45m is the money earmarked (dry powder)without any sales of players. As it happened we did not have to touch it.

2) If you look at Sales, we sold 64m (not sure how Arseblog extrapolated to 74m in his piece). That’s 34m on Iwobi, 10m on Bielik, 5m on Koscielny, Ospnia 3m, Ameachi + Tompson + Asano + Bennacer and Adelaide.

3) Spend was 143m but if we take Pepe ammortised at say 14-15m over 5 years, 7m on Saliba for 27m over 5 years, then 6m for Martinelli, a 6m loan on Cebellos and 8m for Luiz + 25m on Tierney we are at about 66m

So that’s break even in very broad terms on the 64m sales with Elneny, Mustafi and MOnreal possibility to come to offset further cost kicked down the road next summer.

What we can say is Raul free of shackles of having to accommodate Mslintat has been much more bold and has had a closer ear to what the gaffer actually needs to compete.

BUT there is some risk as we are somewhat backloaded with some cost on Pepe and Saliba now having to weigh in next summer and subsequent summers.

This will be offset if we should qualify for CL. If not it will be more risky next summer but then if we don’t risk as well, we minimize our chances getting into fourth place pot.

So its been good that Raul has been creative this summer.

BUT jury is still out on some of the signings. We have not (not easy of course) been perfect.

Again we have risk on Saliba who is a young player we are paying A LOT of money for. If he does not deliver, we will find it harder to move him and he will weigh on subsequent windows.

Whether we could have forgone Tierney (an opportunity) and placed all assets to get a more complete Cback in Upamecano largely dependent on how aggressive and influential we could have been haggling his price down. this was hurt by our decision to try and extend Koscielny.

But once we could not move on a better option at Cback (plus the fact that we jumped the gun on Saliba), we then had to decide with the extra money unable to commit to go back in for Tierney and panic buy in Luiz as a stop gap (not entirely without some merits but clearly a band aid)

As I mentioned with Pepe, in general he is a good buy bc he showed us to have some ambition which may also have some bearing in trying to retain Laca and Auba. BUT the ability to stage payment on this player also carried weight with our decision. OTOH, his hot price does not necessarily correspond that he would be more effective than say a Fekir or Ziyech both of whom were priced considerably lower but we are unsure if those clubs may or may not have appetite for structured deals as well.

So it is important to be balanced with our view of this summer.

Its a decent summer with some bold moves but some opportunities we were unable to convert as well.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

We spent something like 160-170m to put together PAL.lets sign da contracts and taeget 100 goals!

Goonereality
Goonereality

Aubameyang’s existing deal is set to keep him at The Emirates until 2021, while Lacazette is committed until the end of the following season. Let’s hope that they both sign extensions without too much delay as both players are very valuable (in every sense of the word) assets to Arsenal.

However, in the worst case scenario, which is very unlikely but not impossible I guess, if one or both don’t sign for whatever reason the new management team have indicated players will be sold rather than allowed to run down contracts and leave for relatively little, or nothing. The club let this happen a number of times over the years (stretching from from RVP to Ramsey) and lost out on a fortune in transfer fees. Common sense has prevailed again, and not before time.

Rosicky
Rosicky

I’m loving it

Niran
Niran

Wow this current management team are really efficient…In other related News is Elneny still an Arsenal player ???

Niran
Niran

*Unrelated news

Goonereality
Goonereality

Good point about the efficiency of the new management team. In reality, they’re just doing their jobs in a business-like, professional, manner, which is what you’d expect really. However, what that says about the shambles of the previous management is best left to posterity!

As far as I know, Elneny is still is one of ours but there are several reports that Galatasaray are in talks to sign him on loan. Emery has made it clear that he doesn’t feature in his plans so any potential loan may be made permanent if it goes well.

JUDE
JUDE

This shows that the club is looking after their assets better now than before, leaving the business aspects of the game in one persons hand has cause us a lot in the past ( no more players leaving for free )

Am excited how Young the squad is looking now the future is bright with players like Gabriel, Saliba, Matteo, willock, Nketiah, AMN, Emile Smith Rowe, Saka, Nelson, Torriera with room to improve I can only dream.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Exciting times indeed. But it’s now down to the new management team and the players themselves to translate this promise and potential to consistent results on the pitch – particularly away from The Emirates. That may take a while yet though so we have to be patient.

Kaleja
Kaleja

Finally I can feel that the club is moving into the right direction, remember the time when we had to sell a certain left footed player to a certain Manchester team because his contract was running out, Or the time we gave a certain German player tons of money to save faces.!
Well! No more, now we move like Ninjas, soundless and fast. Like Raul said you either sign up or we sell you, No More holding the club ransom for More money. That’s a how a good leadership look like.

Tungor_Adams
Tungor_Adams

How do you keep top players like this pair? Creating and maintaining a positive environment for them is key, but not enough, they want to win games & titles, why the club also has to create and maintain a genuine strategy to reach there within their prime time. This is why our ambitious summer transfers was so important, they nitro boosted belief and faith in our ambitions and abilities to build a title challenging team

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

How do they do that hand shaking thing with three of them?

Lucas Sam
Lucas Sam

After RVP’s interview on BT saying he wasn’t even offered a new contract, this new management is miles better.