With the forward only having one year left on his deal, and with no new contract currently signed, some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including Barcelona, are rumoured to be interested in signing the Gunners captain this summer.
Former Arsenal midfielder Perry Groves has been speaking about Aubameyang and he believes that the club need to do everything in their power to keep him at the Emirates Stadium.
Speaking on talkSPORT (via Football.London) Groves said: “I don’t care as an Arsenal fan, and I know we’re in difficult financial times, but if they said Aubameyang is on £400,000, £500,000 a week, it wouldn’t bother me at all because some players warrant it. Some players warrant it and he does because he delivers.”
The amount that Groves is talking about offering to a player who is already 31 seems crazy and Arsenal have made this mistake in the past when giving Mesut Ozil, who has not featured once since football returned in mid-June, £350,000-a-week. The north London side are now stuck as the German wants to see out his contract which ends in June 2021 and it is restricting the club as they cannot spend as much as they want on new players.
If Aubameyang is given £500,000-a-week, Arsenal would be paying him £26m a year. Therefore, it would not be the best idea to offer such an extortionate weekly wage for a player in the latter half of his career.
However it’s hard to disagree with Groves on one thing, and that is the fact that the Gabon striker delivers. Since joining the Gunners, he has played 109 times and scored 70 goals, per Transfermarkt, and his second goal in the FA Cup final shows that he is a world-class forward who Arsenal need to make sure they keep as it would be very difficult to replace him.
There is no doubt that Aubameyang is crucial to the Gunners becoming a top four team again, but you cannot go around offering players such huge deals as it could see other players request more money and could give the wrong idea of what the club are doing.
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