Arsenal are on the brink of announcing a new contract agreement with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. While Arteta undoubtedly wants more players, securing the Gabon striker’s future could be more important than any arrival this summer.
The London Evening Standard says Arsenal are close to tying Aubameyang down to a new contract and hope it could even be wrapped up by the time pre-season begins later this week.
The move was set in motion after early work to sign Willian on a free with his deal expired at Chelsea. Aubameyang currently less than one year to run on his contract, but Arsenal are ready to offer him a new three years deal worth £250,000-a-week.
The 31-year-old teased fans that an announcement was imminent when he made a tweet on Sunday with an hourglass emoji.
After winning the FA Cup, Arsenal are confident a deal can be agreed between the two parties to keep Aubameyang at the club – with the forward given assurances about what manager Mikel Arteta‘s plans are to get the club challenging for trophies and a top-four finish again.
Arsenal players who are involved in the FA Cup final on August 1, which includes Aubameyang, are due back for pre-season later this week and there is hope a deal could be wrapped up by then.
That would present Arteta with the perfect start to pre-season as the key cog of his rebuild would be in place ahead of a vital summer. Arsenal have also signed 20-year-old Norwegian forward George Lewis on a free transfer with a deal for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes also set to be made this week.