Arteta 'planning personal talks with Aubameyang over new Arsenal deal'

Mikel Arteta ‘is planning personal talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over a new Arsenal deal’ as he looks to use his vision for the future to convince £50m-rated striker to ignore interest from Barcelona, Chelsea and PSG

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract at Arsenal expires in summer of 2021
  • Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will try to convince Aubameyang to sign a new deal
  • Spaniard will speak about his plans to build a young team around Aubameyang
  • He will also insist the club can win trophies and play in the Champions League
  • Barcelona, Chelsea, PSG and Inter Milan have all shown interest in the striker 

Mikel Arteta will take a ‘hands-on approach’ to convincing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that his long-term future lies at Arsenal, according to The Telegraph.

The striker’s current contract, which is worth around £200,000 a week, expires at the end of next season and the club are yet to offer him an extension.

Arteta, however, believes Aubameyang can continue to be a star in his team beyond the summer of 2021 and wants to sit down with him to discuss a new deal.

Mikel Arteta is reportedly planning to hold personal talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The striker, pictured celebrating against Everton in March, is yet to sign a new contract

The Telegraph claim that the Spaniard is confident that his personal approach can make a difference to Aubameyang, who is desperate to play Champions League football again.

The Gunners appear certain to miss on a top four spot this season, but Arteta will tell the 30-year-old that he wants to build an exciting, young team around him.

The former Manchester City assistant will also look to impress Aubameyang and his father by laying out his plans to return to Europe’s top competition and bring trophies back to the Emirates.

The coronavirus crisis is partly responsible for Arsenal failing to offer the Gabon star a new contract and they aware that they may have to sell him this summer if he does not put pen to paper.

Aubameyang tussles with Reiss Nelson (left) and Sokratis during a training session on Monday

Arteta believes he can convince Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal with his vision of the future

Barcelona showed interest in Aubameyang in January, but the Spanish giants were unable to meet the Gunners’ £50million valuation.

PSG, Chelsea and Inter Milan have also been keeping tabs on his situation, with Arsenal likely to accept closer to £35m this summer as he enters the final year of his deal. 

Arteta is hoping things don’t get to that stage and he is willing to take the lead on negotiations rather than leave it to Arsenal’s transfer chiefs.

Aubameyang has scored an impressive 61 goals in 97 appearances for the club since joining from Dortmund for £56m in January, 2018. 

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