Arsenal hope Mikel Arteta is key to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang future despite brother’s outburst

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks on
Aubameyang’s future remains in doubt (Picture: AMA/Getty)

Arsenal chiefs are hopeful Mikel Arteta’s arrival can convince key player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to extend his stay at the club, despite his brother slamming the appointment on social media.

Aubameyang’s future in north London is in doubt, with his current £200,000-a-week contract due to expire in 18 months – and he’s in no rush to commit to a new deal.

Arsenal’s hierarchy are determined to avoid losing him on a free transfer in 2021 and were hopeful that Arteta’s imminent arrival would persuade him to stay.

Incoming Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hands out instructions to Manchester City players
Arteta is set to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

However, his brother Willy Aubameyang criticised the move to appoint Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City assistant manager on social media, saying: ‘Ljungberg Arteta is the same, no experience.’

Aubameyang, 30, is growing increasingly frustrated at the club’s inability to challenge for silverware and he is weighing up his next move.

He has been the one consistent performer in an otherwise dismal season, netting 13 times in 19 starts for the Gunners this season.

And Arteta will be tasked with getting the Gabon international on side quickly or risk losing their star striker.

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