Arteta: We’ve had good talks with Aubameyang

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Mikel Arteta has always sounded positive about the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as speculation mounted about his future.

With less than 12 months left on his current deal, it’s important for Arsenal to secure him to new terms, or face losing him for free next summer.

The rumour mill has been in overdrive of late, with people unearthing all kinds of clues that he’s about to sign on.

Smoke machines, photo-shoots, Tweets from the player and the club, random numbers which add up to 14, erroneous identification of pop videos as ‘evidence’ – it’s all been there, and at his press conference today Arteta admitted talks had gone well.

“I keep being positive, we’ve had some really good talks with him and his agent,” he said.

“I am pretty confident we’re going to find an agreement soon. That’s my feeling again.”

Asked it was going be a big lift for everyone, Arteta continued, “Absolutely, and for him as well I think!

“I think he should be very happy he’s able to stay at the club a long time, and I think people will be very happy at that news.”

It feels like it’s just a matter of when it might be announced, rather than if it’s going to get done.

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ChickPEA

Not signed yet? Great news then, if we pull the plug, we might still be able to sign Bendtner instead with the money of the sale.

Twatsloch

The Greatest Signing To Ever Live!

Pst. Simon

Fingers crossed….

All excitment gone

lovely_arse

Sign it, mister!

Biggles

It’s dragging on a bit though, isn’t it. The reports of a deal were a couple of weeks ago, but nothing signed yet. As Sam Goldwyn, the “G” in MGM movie studios said, “a verbal agreement ain’t worth the paper it’s printed on”. Until/unless Auba actually signs anything can happen.

SheffieldGooner

Agreed. Genuine cause for concern here I reckon.

Ashburton Red

It’s in Josh’s in-tray for sign off. Has been for weeks.

A Different George

Do you know this? Is it being reported elsewhere? (Real questions.)

Josh kroenke's secretary

Yes

SteveC

Waiting to see what other offers come in?.I can’t help feeling that if he really wanted to stay he would have signed already.

Andy

Don’t know why this is down voted. It can’t be that difficult to sign your best player, if both parties are totally committed.

Dave Roberts

You’re right, Andy. It can’t be difficult, can it? The down votes come from those of us who are doubting that ownership will step up to the plate. Some of us still remember the way we failed to keep; Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Cesc, Ashley Cole, Robin Van Persie, etc., and of course, David Dein.

DB’s first touch

Could just be a question of timing and PR. Perhaps either one of Auba or Arsenal would prefer not to announce a large pay rise so soon after 55+ at the club lost their jobs??

Charles MMM

First Gabriel and now Auba. Is things over dragging or what? Fingers crossed.

Teryima Adi

That’s great news.

shokim

Hey Auba, please sign da ting.

Arsenalista

As a wise man once said “lovely jubly”

Naija Gunner

Sign that thing or I’ll do it my own way……

Onye Igbo

Sign tha thing mister

A s

They’re probably waiting to offload some players to make room for his new wages

SLC Gooner

They were ready to sign him, but now will use the money for Messi instead.

Qwaliteee

Another signing that would have been over the line ages ago, but for Kroenke’s penny pinching.

Auba clearly wants reassurances about our ambition in the transfer market and how we’ll line up next season.

Hence the delay…….