After Arsenal’s FA Cup Final win over Chelsea, people have been wondering about the future for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the club. The captain helped the team in the 2-1 victory. Aubameyang refused to answer questions about his contract in the post-match interview.
The 31-year-old is facing a dilemma within the coming weeks. His contract is due to expire next year and he would leave the club as a free agent. However, Arsenal wants to keep him.
Earlier in the season people were unsure if the club wanted to keep Aubameyang. But since the return, he has helped the club greatly. Now it’s a matter of if he would like to sign a year-extension on his contract. If not, then Arsenal would have to sell him this year if they wish to make any profit over the transfer.
Aubameyang refused to address his future at the club after the FA Cup Final match.
“I’m really not thinking about this. I just want to enjoy this with the guys and take the trophy,” he told BT Sport.
“I think we deserved the win. Everyone gave their best today for the team and yeah, we deserve it. The journey has been long but today we’re enjoying this great game.”
However, this was not the case with the Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta. He did not hide his hope of having Aubameyang stay on the team. Arteta even joked about the player after Aubameyang accidentally dropped the trophy.
“He needs more experience with trophies, we can get him more used to that,” Arteta joked.
“He knows what I think about him. I want to build the squad around him. I think he wants to stay and it is just about getting the deal done.
“But I think these moments will help him to realize and believe that we are in the right path and he is a big part of that. He is loved by everybody at the club. Hopefully he can continue with us.”
This is the first trophy that Arteta has had with the club since his sign-on in December. He alluded to the hope that he will stay as Arsenal’s manager in the coming seasons.
“I am really proud of what we have achieved because I know the difficulties and everything we have been through,” Arteta said.
“For me personally it has so tough the last six months with a lot of things that have happened in our lives but I had just one mission when I came here and that was to make the players and staff believe we could do it.
“We had to change that energy and that mentality and just by seeing them in the dressing room all together, and the way they enjoy their profession and their time together, it makes me more proud and as a consequence of that after we can achieve things and win titles together.”
After a rocky season for Arsenal, the club is hopeful to keep Aubameyang while Arteta hopes the club will keep him. But after the course of the club since the return, chances are high that both will happen.
Arsenal will qualify for Europa League next year. Giving the chance for Aubameyang and Arteta to lift another trophy.