Arsenal believe captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will leave the club in the summer, because his wage demands for a new contract are too astronomical. That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim the striker will demand £300,000-per-week.
Arsenal forward Aubameyang has long been tipped to leave The Emirates as his current deal winds down.
The Gabonese striker still has ever a year to run on his contract, and he will become a free agent at the end of next season.
He has reportedly told the club that he does not want to sign an extension at The Emirates unless Champions League football is secured.
And now, there could be a new spanner in the works, with Aubameyang reportedly asking for an astronomical pay rise to stay in north London.
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Barcelona were reported to be interested in the Gunners ace, who has 17 goals in 25 league games this season.
And Arsenal are now resigned to losing the star, as they fear they will be unable to afford the £300,000-per-week he is demanding.
Aubameyang is currently on a deal worth £200,000-per-week – but only if he meets every bonus available to him.
With at the prospect of another season out of Europe looming, Aubameyang might not be the only player to leave the Emirates at the end of the season.
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Reports earlier this season suggested Alexandre Lacazette was also interested in a move away from the club if Europe football wasn’t secured.
Arsenal currently occupy tenth spot, and face a real battle on their hands to get into the top five and overturn the five-point deficit between themselves and Manchester United.
Speaking on Friday, Aubameyang insisted he believed the Gunners can upset the odds and qualify for Europe.
“I think it’s possible, everything is possible,” the club captain said.
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“Last season, we were ten points down from the top four and we came back at the end and were really close, but I think we can do it.
“When you see the games we have and what the other teams have, I think everything is possible. We have to be focused on what we’re doing and I think the team is doing well.
“We have some things to improve, but I’m sure that now we have more pressure because we only have the chance to be in the Champions League because of the Premier League.
“That’s the way and we have to be focused on that and try to reach our goal.”
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