According to The Telegraph (£), Arsenal have reached a verbal agreement with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2023.
Mikel Arteta has repeatedly expressed his optimism at the potential for a deal over the last few weeks and it would appear the double success of winning the FA Cup and securing European football, in large part down to Aubameyang’s own contribution, has helped persuade our club captain to commit his future.
Talks with the 31-year-old have been on and off for more than a year with the uncertainty over the direction of the club and the financial implications of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic both coming into play.
Obviously, if true, keeping our best player will be a huge boon to the boss. After Aubameyang’s match-winning brace against Chelsea last Saturday he said he’d like to build his team around the striker. To date, the player has 70 goals in 109 games.
Aubameyang’s new deal will be worth £250,000 a week and will also include significant bonus payments if he hits certain targets. The terms will immediately overwrite those signed in January 2018.
While we’re not trying to detract from the significance of the news, it comes 24 hours after the club announced they are looking to make 55 members of staff redundant to help minimise the financial impact of Covid-19.