Mikel Arteta has reiterated his desire to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the club, with a new contract, and has urged the club to make it happen as soon as possible.
The Arsenal boss is aware it’s not a simple scenario though – one which may not be fully resolved either way until it becomes clear if we’re playing in Europe next season.
“When I was talking about the uncertain things that we have on the table, obviously he’s one of them,” he said.
“There is another one obviously of where we are going to finish and whether we’re going to be playing in Europe or not, which is going to have an impact.
‘Then all these situations with the market, how it’s going to develop.
“With Auba, I think I’ve been very clear with what I want. The quicker we do it, for me personally, the better because the player will be more focused, more determined and more calm.
“But we have to respect the timings as well and the needs of the football club.”
The captain scored twice in the FA Cup semi-final against Man City, so his focus is pretty spot on.
It’s probably no coincidence that his fresh legs, having been rested for most of the Liverpool game, were a factor – particularly in the second goal. With another game tomorrow night, before the final day showdown with Watford and then Chelsea in the final, Arteta will likely be rotating again.
“We’ve been changing quite a lot in the last few games because the schedule that we had was pretty hectic and because everybody has been training so well and very involved,” he continued.
“They needed opportunities and they’re making me doubt all the time because they are performing well.”