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.