Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is hoping that an FA Cup final victory will help the club’s desire to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Speculation has mounted on the Gabon international’s future since the close of the Premier League season, with his current contract due to expire next summer.
Concerns of a potential summer exit have now been addressed by Arteta, who was discussing his team’s chances against Chelsea in the FA Cup final tomorrow.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Arteta said: “No, I don’t have that feeling,” when asked if he felt the game against Chelsea would be Aubameyang’s last in an Arsenal shirt.
“It’s a package at the end, you need to have a lot of ingredients on the table to persuade a player of his level to be at this football club.
“Don’t forget that he still has a contract here with us and we want to keep him and do it in a more long term but at the moment he is with us and I think he should be really proud of where he is as well.”
Defeat in the FA Cup final against Chelsea would see Arsenal fail to qualify for European competition next season.
Whilst Arteta feels confident that Aubameyang will stay irrespective of tomorrow’s result, a potential lack of European football at the Emirates Stadium next season could see him pushing for an exit.
With the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan, both of whom will be in next season’s Champions League, reportedly lurking for the 31-year-old, the outcome of the cup final could be crucial in determining whether he sees his future in north London.
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