Martin Keown makes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang prediction after Arsenal’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea

Martin Keown fears Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to leave Arsenal
Martin Keown fears Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to leave Arsenal (Pictures: Getty / BBC)

Martin Keown still believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will leave Arsenal this summer despite his heroics in the FA Cup final against Chelsea and ‘fears’ the striker has played his last game for the Gunners.

Aubameyang scored twice to help Arsenal defeat London rivals Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday and win the FA Cup for a record 14th time.

The 31-year-old has enjoyed another superb season at the Emirates – scoring 29 goals in all competitions – but may be on his way out this summer.

Aubameyang’s current contract expires this time next year and Arsenal will consider cashing in on the Gabon forward this summer unless he puts pen to paper on a new deal.

The prolific goalscorer remained coy when asked about his future following Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph but Keown says ‘it feels more likely that he is going to go than stay’.

‘This will go down as ‘The Aubameyang Final’, but I fear we saw the striker sign off from Arsenal after two-and-a-half goal-laden years,’ Keown told MailSport.

‘We all saw how he shut down questions about his future after his double won the FA Cup for Arsenal and booked their place in Europe next season.

‘The 31-year-old has not signed an extension and it is now important that Arsenal resolve his future one way or another this summer.

‘They cannot allow another distracting contract saga to crop up, as we saw with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

‘But if Aubameyang does depart, then they will need to replace the goals they are losing. He guarantees you 20 a season at least — even when operating as an inside forward from the left wing.’

Keown, who played a part in three Premier League title triumphs and three FA Cup wins, added: ‘I’ve compared Aubameyang to Thierry Henry previously and as someone who shared a dressing room with Arsenal’s greatest ever goalscorer, I don’t do so lightly.

‘His second goal was world class and remember: Aubameyang has been doing all of this in a struggling Arsenal side while Henry was part of a much more successful set-up. 

‘Unfortunately, it feels more likely that he is going to go than stay. The clock is ticking on his career so the next contract and club choice is an important one.

‘Arsenal won the FA Cup on Saturday because they had the best player on the pitch in Aubameyang. For how much longer they have him, time will tell.’

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