Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal board to speed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract talks

Aubameyang is weighing up signing a new contract (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has urged Arsenal to resolve the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quickly after drawn-out negotiations.

Aubameyang’s contract expires next summer and the 31-year-old has been weighing up since December whether or not to sign a new deal at the Emirates.

The striker has asked for a three-year contract worth £250,000 a week, but Arsenal were reluctant to commit to such a big salary even before the coronavirus pandemic worsened financial issues at the club.

Arteta has made it clear he wants Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal and has publicly urged the board to come to an agreement with his leading goalscorer.

‘When I was talking about the uncertain things that we have on the table, obviously he is one of them and there is another one of where we are going to finish and whether we are going to be playing in Europe or not which is going to have an impact,’ Arteta said.

‘And then all this situation, the market and how it’s going to develop. With Auba, I think I’ve been very clear with what I want. 

‘The quicker we do it for me personally the better because the player will be more focused, more determined and more calm. 

Arteta wants Aubameyang to sign a new contract (Picture: Getty)

‘But we have to respect the timings as well and the needs that the football club has.’

Aubameyang has scored 25 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season and is still in the running to win back-to-back Golden Boots in the Premier League.

While Aubameyang has had another excellent individual season, Arsenal have struggled for consistency and hired Arteta mid-way through the campaign following the sacking of Unai Emery.

Arsenal are showing signs of improvement under Arteta and won a place in the FA Cup final by beating Manchester City over the weekend.

The victory came hot on the heels of a victory over Premier League champions Liverpool, but Arteta has repeatedly warned the club investment in the squad is desperately needed.

Arsenal have limited transfer funds available this summer and it is unclear if any major signings will be made.

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