Arsenal have reportedly opened negotiations with Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over a potential fresh contract with the club.
According to a recent report by an Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Sky Sports, the Gunners’ board are looking to tie Aubameyang down to a long-term deal.
The report states that Arsenal want him to sign a four-year contract in order to take the player through to the summer of 2023.
Arsenal are actively trying to avoid losing their key players, unlike in the past where the board have allowed their top performers to depart far too easily.
Aaron Ramsey joined Serie A giants Juventus on a free transfer in the summer transfer market and Chile international Alexis Sanchez left the club 18 months ago with his deal on the verge of expiring at the time.
Securing Aubameyang’s future would ensure that Gunners avoid another situation where one of their best players is able to part ways and join one of their rivals for a cut-price sum.
Aubameyang has netted 39 goals in 57 Premier League appearances for the north Londoners since joining the club, highlighting just how important he is to the Spanish manager Unai Emery’s side.
Keeping the striker at the club would be a statement of intent in terms of where the Premier League giants want to be in the coming seasons – challenging for the title, or least the Top 4.