The two reasons Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is stalling over signing a new Arsenal contract

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has less than 18 months remaining on his Arsenal contract
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has less than 18 months remaining on his Arsenal contract (Picture: Getty)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is yet to rule out the possibility of signing a contract extension at Arsenal but talks have not progressed since the most recent round of negotiations.

The club captain scored twice in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Everton and drew level with Jamie Vardy in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot with the pair now tied on 17 goals.

Aubameyang’s ever-growing importance was highlighted by manager Mikel Arteta following a third victory in the space of a week with the Spaniard still hopeful he can convince the Gabon international to commit his future to Arsenal.

He said: ‘He’s our most important player. Stats wise there’s no question about the impact that he has on this team.

‘So as much as I can and the club can we will try to convince him to stay with us.’

Mikel Arteta hopes he can convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to remain at Arsenal
Mikel Arteta hopes he can convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to remain at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

The former Borussia Dortmund star has 18 months remaining on his current deal and is reportedly a target for both Barcelona and Inter Milan.

According to Le10 Sport, Aubameyang last spoke with the Arsenal hierarchy last Autumn prior to Arteta’s appointment.

The 30-year-old was reportedly reluctant to sign an extension at that juncture given his desire to play in the Champions League, while he was also said to harbour doubts over Arsenal’s transfer policy and desire to strengthen the squad.

Arteta subsequently was only able to bring in Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares on loan in January but both are still to make their debuts.

Arsenal’s performances, meanwhile, have undoubtedly improved under their new head coach and results are starting to follow, but they still remain seven points adrift of Chelsea in fourth place with 11 games of the Premier League campaign remaining.

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