After his two goal salvo against Norwich at the Emirates this evening, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became the fastest player to reach 50 Premier League goals in an Arsenal shirt.
He beat the record set by a certain Thierry Henry, and helped the Gunners to a 4-0 win over the relegation threatened Canaries.
The 31 year old was asked about his contract situation afterwards, speaking to BT Sport, and in his post match press conference Mikel Arteta sounded a positive note about the captain’s future.
“What he’s achieved today, to to score 50 … in the history of this football club, tells you everything about his mentality and the way he works every day on his finishing, on trying to help the team,” said Arteta.
“He’s decided to be better and better every day. So hopefully we can keep him here for a longer period.
“A player that is able to score as many goals as he’s done in that short space of time tells you everything about the importance that he has for us.
“We need players that can make the difference at any moment in the game every three days, in different competitions, and that’s a big test for him.
“He’s done that at different clubs, he’s willing to stay with us, he’s really happy where he is and can see what we’re trying to do. Hopefully he can evolve as well in some parts of his game that in my opinion he can improve.
“We are pushing him every day towards that. I am positive that we can keep him here for many years but things have to progress.”
Arteta will leave it with the football executive committee to make it happen, but it sounds like nothing will be decided until the end of the season.
After the good news regarding Bukayo Saka signing a new contract, what we’re trying to achieve under the new manager would be helped massively if we could keep Aubameyang.