Arsenal manager wants to keep £200,000-a-week centre-forward

The Spanish manager is preparing to take decisive action and make a personal offer to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that he should commit his future to the London giants. Arsene Wenger’s final addition as the Gunners boss has represented the ideal parting present.

Despite Arsenal’s struggles under Unai Emery, Gabon international has cemented his status as one of European football’s deadliest strikers. Auba shared last campaign’s Premier League Golden Boot with Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Mo Salah and is contesting the award this time around with the likes of Leicester star Jamie Vardy.

Pierre-Emerick signed a three-and-a-half-year deal upon his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in winter 2018, but he has little over 12 months remaining on that contract. La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are said to be monitoring his situation, while there appears to be genuine interest from Gunners London rivals Chelsea.

Given their delicate financial position and the likely lack of the UCL football this campaign, Arsenal could be forced to listen to offers for the 30-year-old centre-forward this summer.

Mikel Arteta is set to take matters into his own hands and is confident he can persuade the Gabonese centre-forward to stay at Arsenal by outlining his intention to make him the central piece of a dynamic new-look, young side.

Spaniard has presided over a huge improvement in Gunners display since he replaced Emery in winter, and he has publicly stated on more than one occasion how desperate he is to retain Pierre-Emerick’s services.

The ex-Gunners skipper is also hoping his most senior footballer, David Luiz extends his stay in Arsenal for another 12 months amid another deal stand-off.