Arsenal’s FA Cup final won’t be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s last game for the club, says Mikel Arteta

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Aubameyang’s long-term future is still up in the air (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta says he doesn’t ‘fear’ that Arsenal’s FA Cup final against Chelsea will be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s last game for the club.

With less than 12 months remaining on his current deal, the Gabon international is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract to remain at the Emirates for the long term.

Aubameyang is reportedly demanding a new three-year deal worth up to £250,000 a week to commit his future to the club, but, so far there has been no final decision.

After finishing outside of the top six in the Premier League for the first time in 25 years, the Gunners have a chance to end their season on a high if they can get the better of Frank Lampard’s Blues at Wembley on Saturday.

When asked if that game could be captain Aubameyang’s last in an Arsenal shirt, Arteta said: ‘No, I don’t have that fear.

The Spaniard insists that there are a lot of elements that will go into convincing him to stay at the club and suggests that talks with their top scorer could even continue into next season.

Arteta wants Aubameyang to stay
Arteta wants Aubameyang to stay (Picture: Getty Images)

‘It’s a package at the end,’ he added. ‘You need 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.

‘We wanted to keep him and do it in a more long-term way but at the moment he’s with us and I think he should be really proud of where he is as well.’

Aubameyang can win his first piece of silverware since joining the club in January 2018 and Arteta believes the captain guiding his side to glory could help influence his contract decision.

Arteta continued: ‘Absolutely. That has a strong link with everything that you want to experience as a player.

‘Winning the trophy helps to really believe and feel, ‘Wow, I want to experience more of these moments.’ If you are wearing the armband and you are able to lift that cup, it’s such a moment – this is going to help for sure.’

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