It remains unclear whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will commit to a contract extension at Arsenal but Mikel Arteta is hopeful that moments like last night’s FA Cup semi-final victory against Manchester City can play a part in persuading his captain to stay at the Emirates.
Aubameyang underlined his importance to the Gunners with a brilliant brace at Wembley that secured a momentous 2-0 win and a place in this year’s final.
Already into the final year of his current deal, there’s a chance, if we decide we can’t risk letting him leave for free in 2021, that the match could be the player’s last for us.
Arteta is hoping that won’t be the case.
Asked in his post-game press conference if big wins can help persuade the Gabon international to stay put, the boss said: “I think it will help everybody. These beautiful moments are always better than the bad ones and when I look at him and speak to him he sounds pretty convinced.
“Obviously if he can see the success and direction that we’re taking is the right one, I think he will be more positive about it, yes.”
Arteta also touched on how the team is growing closer together, something he believes will be the bedrock of any future success.
“They are so happy because we had a big task in front of us today against such a big team and we’ve done it, so they are really proud.
“The chemistry we are generating between them is fantastic and the way they are fighting for each other too.
“At the moment I have the feeling that I can play any of those players and they are going to respond and they are going to perform.
“We changed a few players from when we played on Wednesday and when we played today, and look at the way that they are performing.”
As he’s said repeatedly, Arteta’s ability to strengthen the squad this summer will depend on whether he can secure a Europa League place. While nothing is decided, the fact we’re still competing on two fronts is a reason to be positive.
“Listen, we have had a lot of conversations and we always agreed with the plan that we have in place, and the current vision is very clear.
“It’s about the possibilities that we are going to have and at the moment we have some uncertainties.
“The way we finish the season, if we are in Europe or we win it [the FA Cup], it will obviously help because financially we will be stronger and that’s why we have to be a little bit patient.”