Arsenal may not have announced a contract extension for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but manager Mikel Arteta insists they needn’t lose any sleep over the matter.
The Gabon international, scorer of 71 goals in 110 games since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, is understood to have agreed terms on a two-year deal that will see his pay bumped up significantly.
Despite negotiations dragging on for most of the year, Arteta hinted that a positive resolution is very close.
Asked for an update ahead of his side’s season opener with Fulham, the boss said: “I can say that I am even more confident than I was at the end of last season when you asked me the same question 10 times. I am very optimistic.”
While a portion of the Arsenal fanbase has made a sport out of being impatient, the boss was quick to quell any residing worries that his main striker might have a late change of heart.
“I think they [the fans] can be pretty relaxed,” he said.