According to a report in The Times (£), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has put contract talks with Arsenal on hold due to worries about the club’s competitiveness, and the fact that qualifying for the Champions League next season already looks like a slim possibility.
The 30 year old does not want to spend another season playing outside of Europe’s prestige competition, and with the Gunners lying 8th in the table having won just four their thirteen Premier League games this season, there are concerns about where we might finish and the direction of the club right now.
With head coach Unai Emery under huge pressure, there’s another layer of uncertainty, with the top scorer and captain unwilling to commit his future until the appointment of a new man.
Aubameyang has scored nine goals this season, eight in the Premier League and one in the Europa League, but he has just one in last seven appearances as Arsenal go through a period of dismal form.
The last domestic triumph came on October 6th, a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Emirates, while you have to back over a month for the last win in all competitions, the 3-2 win over Vitoria on October 24th.
There have also been reports that Barcelona are keeping an eye on the Aubameyang situation, and should Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions League and their interest is real, the club would have little choice but to cash in next summer.