Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is yet to sign a new deal at the Emirates and part of his “hesitation” is down to what the club are planning to do in the summer transfer window, according to Jamie Redknapp. Aubameyang put in a star-studded performance in Arsenal’s impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City in their FA Cup semi-final at the weekend.
It’s the latest in a long line of displays from the Gabon international which have highlighted his importance to Arsenal.
He has now scored 66 goals in just 106 appearances for Arsenal since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.
But there have been growing concerns around his future at the Emirates throughout the season with his current contract expiring in 2021.
There have been subtle hints from both club and player that a new deal is likely to be signed.
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Earlier this month, Aubameyang admitted to being pleased with the direction the club was heading in under Mikel Arteta.
And the Arsenal boss admitted after the win over City that he is “convinced” Aubameyang will stay beyond this summer.
No contract has been signed as of yet though with the summer transfer window set to open on July 27.
And Redknapp believes part of the reason Aubameyang is stalling on signing a new deal is because he wants to see what Arsenal do in the transfer market.
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“You have to hope wins such as this can help him [Arteta] convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay,” he wrote for the Daily Mail.
“I’m sure part of the goal-scorer’s hesitation is that he wants to know who else they plan to sign.
“We don’t know where Arsenal are financially, but Arteta deserves to be backed.
“He’s shown such promise working with players he inherited.
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“He has put them to work and seemingly shoved Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi aside for not getting with the programme.
“To beat Liverpool and City in the space of four days was impressive.
“But Arsenal still need better players than the ones they have if they are to become a force again — and that takes money.”
Arsenal still have an outside chance of finishing in a Europa League spot in the league with two games remaining, but they will likely have to beat both Aston Villa and Watford to give themselves the best chance.
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