It’s no secret that Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are close pals off the pitch but even the Frenchman has no idea whether his co-striker will sign a new contract at the club.
Arsenal have been trying to persuade Aubameyang to commit his long-term future to the club for quite some time but with the Gabon international already into the final year, it remains to be seen what we’ll do if he turns down the opportunity.
Raul Sanllehi is on record saying the club doesn’t want to let players run down their deals but at the same time, the prospect of selling Auba this summer in the hope of finding a similarly prolific replacement is daunting.
For his part, the 31-year-old has to weigh up both the financial and sporting implications of staying put; does he want to play at the top level now or is he willing to help Mikel Arteta rebuild so Arsenal returns there in the future? It’s a tough decision.
For the moment, Auba is keeping his cards close to his chest, so close that not even Lacazette is in the know.
Speaking to beIN SPORTS, the Frenchman said: “We stopped talking about this because at the beginning it can be funny, but after a long time it can be annoying because he wants something that is not maybe the way he would like.
“I don’t want to the guy a bit annoying so we didn’t really speak about his future.”
Whatever decision his teammate reaches, Lacazette maintains that he’s already reached club legend status thanks to his impressive gaol haul. To date, Auba has found the net 64 times in 105 games.
“He is already I think one of the legends because of the amount of goals he has scored,” said Laca. “But to be honest, I am just going to wait like everyone else, and just hope he tells me [about his future] before the press.”