The likelihood of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaving Arsenal in January has been well and truly put to bed over the last week after the captain’s assertions that transfer rumours ‘do his head in’.
The striker is a key player for the Gunners, a team not blessed with a variety of goalscorers right now, so his importance is obvious.
His longer-term future is less clear though, as this summer he’ll have just 12 months left on his contract – leaving the club with a big decision to make. Do they cash in? Can they offer a player over 30 big wages and a longer deal? We surely can’t just let him leave on a free.
Nevertheless, Mikel Arteta seems keen to keep the Gabon international, very simply stating we have better chances of winning games if he remains in red and white.
Speaking ahead of our trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday, the manager said, “I was very pleased to read those comments. He knows exactly what I think about him and obviously he’s a massive player for us.
“But at the moment we’re in the middle of the season and we haven’t discussed anything further on that at the club.
“My intention is to keep Auba obviously because I know that if we keep him with us, we’re going to be stronger and closer to winning football matches. That’s the only thing.”
Pressed on how confident he was this would happen, he continued, “I don’t know, we haven’t discussed that.
“But I’m confident that he’s very happy here because that’s what he said in the media.”
It’s a story that really isn’t going to change between now and May, so let’s hope the press find more interesting things to ask Arteta between now and then.