Mikel Arteta can’t repeat Mesut Ozil mistake with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Martin Keown

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring a goal for Arsenal
Aubameyang is Arsenal’s leading goalscorer (Picture: Getty)

Martin Keown has warned Mikel Arteta off handing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a massive new deal with the Arsenal striker’s contract set to expire next summer.

Arsenal have been working on convincing Aubameyang to put pen to paper on a new long-term deal amid relentless transfer speculation about their top goalscorer.

The Gunners continue to find themselves in tricky contract situations, with Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey running down their deals and demanding massive wage boosts to sign new contracts.

Arsenal gave in to Ozil’s demands, but allowed Ramsey to leave the club on a free transfer last summer.

With Alexander Lacazette’s deal also nearing it’s expiry date, Keown urged Arteta to consider offloading both his strikers.

‘Key decisions need to be made [with Aubameyang and Lacazette],’ Keown told Goal.

‘Are they going to stay or not? Do Arsenal have to face up to the prospect of perhaps losing Aubameyang?

‘I wouldn’t want to see him go, but they don’t want to be held to ransom either.

‘You could argue with Ozil that’s what happened because at the time [Alexis] Sanchez and Ozil were two big players and they didn’t want to lose both so they invested heavily in Ozil.’

Ozil penned a reported £350,000-per-week deal just months before his deal was due to expire, while Alexis Sanchez was sold to Manchester United mid-way through the season.

Despite investing heavily in Ozil, the German has failed to deliver consistently on the pitch for Arsenal and reports claim the London club have repeatedly tried to offload the playmaker.

Arteta spoke about the future of Aubameyang ahead of Arsenal’s game against West Ham this weekend and confirmed he wanted his and Lacazette’s contract talks concluded quickly.

‘We will have to do that [contract talks] at some stage before the end of the season for sure,’ Arteta said.

‘We will see the intentions that we have, his intentions, and where we are sitting at that moment.

‘I think it’s difficult to predict that context right now.

‘For me, it’s very easy, I want to keep him in any circumstances.’

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