It’s safe to say that Arsenal have been pretty awful in recent years when it comes to sorting out contracts for their star players.
Robin van Persie, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey are all players who have left the club in recent seasons for way under their transfer valuation and sometimes for nothing at all, and this, of course, is something that has annoyed Arsenal fans.
Whilst Liverpool are selling Dominic Solanke for nearly £20 million, the Gunners are allowing Premier League proven players like Danny Welbeck walk for absolutely nothing, but recent comments from the higher-ups at the club could change all of that.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, managing director Vinai Venkatesham has vowed never to allow the club to get into these situations again, saying: “When we are selling players we need to maximise the funds we get to reinvest in the team.
“We need to be really disciplined when we are dealing with senior players who are not towards the end of their careers, so that means we have to start making the difficult decisions when they have two years left on the contracts.”
If Venkatesham does stick to his word, it could mean that for the first time in a while the club willing to sell players for actual sums of money and not pocket change, but it also fires a warning shot to those with two years on their current deal, one of those being Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The 29-year-old striker has been a revelation since joining from Borussia Dortmund last year, and with two years remaining on his contract, Arsenal needs to move in fast to tie up the Gabonese international long-term in north London before fears of a cheap move away in the future start to set in.
Aubameyang is one of the few players in the Arsenal team that are irreplaceable, and signing him to a new deal will be a massive sign of intent from the club as well as keeping hold of a player that Unai Emery will find impossible to find a replacement for.
Of course, with Emery not exactly being blessed with the largest budget and the Gunners possibly missing out on Champions League football if the Europa League final goes against them, they could find themselves struggling to attract the attention of a player who even comes close to Aubameyang’s level.
Fans will be hoping Venkatesham sticks to his word, but for players like Aubameyang, the club also have a duty to keep world-class talent at the club before it’s too late.
Arsenal fans, will the club renew Aubameyang’s deal? Let us know!