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‘This is my home’ Aubameyang officially extends his stay at Arsenal

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Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has given Arsenal a major boost at the start of the Premier League season by signing a new deal.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has ended speculation over his future by agreeing a new, three-year contract extension with Arsenal. The Gunners captain’s previous contract was due to expire next June, but he has decided to commit to the Premier League club.

Aubameyang commits future to “special club” Arsenal
A prolific striker, Aubameyang has scored 72 goals in 111 appearances since joining Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of 60 million euros in January 2018.

“Signing for this special club was never in doubt,” Aubameyang told Arsenal’s official website. “It’s thanks to our fans, my team-mates, my family and everybody at this club that I feel like I belong here. I believe in Arsenal. We can achieve big things together. We have something exciting here and I believe the best is to come for Arsenal.”

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In his first full season with Arsenal in 2018-19, Aubameyang scored 22 goals to be a joint winner of the Premier League Golden Boot. Last season, the 31-year-old enjoyed another superb campaign, with 29 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions. He scored both of the Gunners’ goals in each of their respective FA Cup semi-final and final victories over Manchester City and Chelsea and continued his superb Wembley form with a fabulous strike in last month’s Community Shield encounter with Liverpool, which Mikel Arteta’s side won on penalties.

Arteta thrilled with Auba decision
As speculation mounted over Aubameyang’s future, Arteta expressed confidence he would sign renewed terms and the manager is delighted to have got his man. “It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us,” he said. “He’s a superb player with an incredible mentality. Being the player to have taken the least amount of time to reach 50 goals with this club tells you everything you need to know about him and his way of working. He’s an important leader for the team and a big part of what we’re building. He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark. He can achieve that here.”

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Arsenal began their Premier League campaign with a 0-3 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, where Aubameyang completed the scoring, and they are back in action at home to West Ham on Saturday.


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Arteta wants to build team around Aubameyang

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to win the FA Cup for Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta is optimistic his captain will stay at the club.

Mikel Arteta feels confident that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will eventually sign a new deal and intends to build his Arsenal squad around the striker following his FA Cup final heroics against Chelsea this evening.

Aubameyang followed up his semi-final brace against Manchester City with two more goals in Saturday’s 2-1 win over 10-man Chelsea as Arsenal recovered from an early Christian Pulisic strike. The Gabon international’s future has been shrouded in doubt amid reports he does not intend to sign a contract extension, with his current terms due to expire next year. However, Arteta said on the eve of the final he does not expect Aubameyang to leave and he is now even more optimistic about Arsenal’s chances of persuading their captain to stay.

“He knows what I think about him. I want to build the squad around him,” Arteta told BBC One. “I think he wants to stay and it is just about getting the deal done. But I think these moments will help him to realise and believe that we are in the right path and he is a big part of that. He is loved by everybody at the club. Hopefully he can continue with us.” Asked if he feels Aubameyang will put pen to paper on a new deal, Arteta replied: “I think he will, yes.”

Arsenal win their 14th FA Cup
Arsenal showed good character to respond to Pulisic’s fifth-minute goal at Wembley, with Aubameyang converting from the penalty spot before half-time and adding a second with an impressive solo strike in the second half. And Arteta, who succeeded Unai Emery as Arsenal boss in December, believes his side kept one of their best displays of his tenure until the final game of the season.

“It was a difficult start when we conceded so early. If I know something about these players, it’s that we weren’t going to give up,” he said. “We played probably the best 30 minutes after since I arrived. I am so proud to represent these players and this club.”

Arsenal finished the Premier League season in eighth place but will now play in the Europa League next season after lifting the FA Cup for a record-extending 14th time.

“It is a double reward for us. It is really important for this club in every way to be in Europe. We all did it so I am so happy,” Arteta added. “The players were completely knackered and they made a massive effort through the coronavirus to keep fit so I am so happy for them.”

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‘I hope FA cup victory will convince Aubameyang to stay’ – Arteta

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should stay at Arsenal to learn how to lift trophies, head coach Mikel Arteta said following Saturday’s FA Cup final win over 10-man Chelsea.

The Gunners captain scored twice as Arsenal came from behind to seal a 2-1 victory and an unmatched 14th FA Cup success.

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Christian Pulisic had given the Blues an early lead at an empty Wembley but Arsenal rallied, Aubameyang tucking home a penalty to level before scoring a sumptuous second-half goal to win it for Arteta’s side.

Aubameyang, who has less than a year to run on his contract and whose future has been in the headlines for months, then dropped the FA Cup trophy in front of his team-mates before eventually raising it above his head.

‘He needs more experience with trophies, we can get him more used to that,’ Arteta joked when asked about Aubameyang’s trophy gaffe.

‘He knows what I think about him. I want to build the squad around him. I think he wants to stay and it is just about getting the deal done.

‘But I think these moments will help him to realise and believe that we are in the right path and he is a big part of that. He is loved by everybody at the club. Hopefully he can continue with us.’

For Arteta, this was a first piece of silverware just eight months into his managerial career.

He was only appointed as Arsenal head coach in December and has had to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, including contracting COVID-19 himself, and constant talk about losing his biggest players.

But he has now won the FA Cup as a player with Arsenal, an assistant at Manchester City and continued his love affair with the world’s oldest cup competition with Saturday’s success as Gunners boss.

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‘I think so,’ he replied when asked if this was the greatest moment of his whole career.

‘I am really proud of what we have achieved because I know the difficulties and everything we have been through.

‘For me personally it has so tough the last six months with a lot of things that have happened in our lives but I had just one mission when I came here and that was to make the players and staff believe we could do it.

‘We had to change that energy and that mentality and just by seeing them in the dressing room all together, and the way they enjoy their profession and their time together, it makes me more proud and as a consequence of that after we can achieve things and win titles together.’

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was also full of praise for match-winner Aubameyang.

‘He scores two goals, one being a penalty which he earned. We were very clear with the players that Arsenal play long balls in behind you, they play football as well,’ he said.

‘We allowed him in easily, he is a top-class player and the second goal is the sort of speed and quality from a player of his level – moments like that from Aubameyang obviously finish you off.’

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Arsenal offers ‘whooping salary’ to Aubameyang

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Arsenal are ready to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a new £250,000-a-week contract in a bid to keep him at the club, according to reports.

Aubameyang has 12 months remaining on his current deal but Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep his top goalscorer as he considers him vital to making the club top-four contenders once more.

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The Telegraph report that the Gunners are set to put their improved contract offer to the striker in the next few days but must convince him they are willing to back Arteta in the transfer market.

Aubameyang currently earns £198,000-a-week but improved offer would still see the 31-year-old on less money than the club’s highest earner Mesut Ozil, who is on £350,000-a-week.

The striker has been linked with a move to Barcelona as well as other European clubs including Inter Milan and Manchester United.

But Aubameyang has formed a close relationship with Arteta since the Spaniard took over in December and is willing to consider signing a new deal at the Emirates.

The Gunners will have another season without Champions League football and are set to finish outside the top six for the first time since 1995.

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They can still qualify for the Europa League by winning the FA Cup and doing so may convince the forward to sign the new deal.

The Telegraph’s report claims Aubameyang will need assurances that the club are willing to buy into Arteta’s vision with financial backing in the next transfer window.

The Arsenal boss may have to raise funds by selling but he was adamant he has the full backing of the club’s board following their defeat by Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Fans had flown a banner which called for owner Stan Kroenke to leave the club over Villa Park with a message that read ‘Back Arteta, Kroenke Out’.

Arteta said: ‘I have full support from the Kroenkes, the board, the sporting director and we are putting a very strong plan together to try to do as much as we can in the shortest period.’

Aubameyang has 20 league goals this season and is three behind the Premier League’s top scorer Jamie Vardy. If the Leicester striker fails to net against Manchester United, Aubameyang could share the golden boot by scoring a hat-trick against Watford.

He won the award jointly with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane last season.

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Aubameyang eyes Camp nou as next possible destination

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is prepared to wait for Barcelona and see out the final year of his contract at the Emirates to move to Camp Nou on a free.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is prepared to wait to seal a move to Barcelona despite Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remaining keen on keeping the Gabon striker at the Emirates.

Aubameyang is out of contract next year and is hoping that he can run down his deal to move to Camp Nou on a free if Barça fail to land Lautaro Martínez from Inter.

Aubameyang waiting on Barcelona
Aubameyang is prepared to wait for an offer from Barcelona amid their apparent interest in Arsenal’s top scorer, according to Sky Sport and Sport.

Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo reports the 31-year-old is considered an alternative if Barca cannot come to an agreement for Inter star Martinez.

Aubameyang has scored 25 goals in 42 games for Arsenal this season.

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Eclipsing Thierry Henry, Aubameyang scores 50th EPL goal


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Eclipsing Thierry Henry, Aubameyang scores 50th EPL goal

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang eclipsed Arsenal legend Thierry Henry when he opened the scoring in the 4-0 thrashing of Norwich City on Wednesday night.

The Gabon international took advantage of a blunder from Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul and slotted into an empty net at the Emirates.

It was his 50th Premier League goal for the Gunners in just 75 appearances since his club record £56million switch from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.

In contrast Henry took 83 matches to reach his half century for Arsenal.

Afterwards Aubameyang told NobleSports reliable source: ‘[I am] really proud, really proud.

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‘First of all, I am proud of the team. Think we deserved the win, we did a great job. Everyone worked really well, really happy and proud.

I think I’m really happy today, my performance was good. I’m always happy to score goals and help this team to win.

Aubameyang’s strike in the 33rd minute was his 21st of the season.

He then turned provider as Granit Xhaka doubled Arsenal’s lead before half-time.

Aubameyang added his second after the break before Cedric Soares scored his first goal for the club to cap an emphatic 4-0 victory against the basement boys.

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‘All we have to do is to Convince Aubameyang to stay’ Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says it is the club’s responsibility to convince captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that he should continue his career in north London.

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The Gabon international, whose deal ends in June 2021, has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 but has yet to lift any major silverware with Arsenal and is yet to sign a new contract.

As the Premier League season prepares to restart after the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, Arsenal are in ninth place in the Premier League ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Manchester City.

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They were in great form before the three-month pause, however, and Arteta knows that if Arsenal could scramble into the Champions League places it would be a huge boost in convincing Aubameyang to commit.

“I think it’s our responsibility to make him feel that this is the right next step in his career,” Arteta told a virtual news conference on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s restart.

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“In order to do that he needs to feel valued, I think he needs to feel that he belongs to us and we want him.

“And then he really needs to believe we can take this club forward in the way we want to do and he’s going to be a key player to do that.”

Spaniard Arteta said the club were in talks with the player’s agent and family but that the unusual circumstances had made it a slower process than usual.

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“I think in a different context we would have liked to do things much quicker, but we have been handed a really tight time (frame),” he said.

“Obviously these unprecedented times bring a lot of uncertainty. We have many discussions with Pierre, his family and agent. I am pretty positive that we can find the right agreement for all parties.”

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Aubameyang losses interest in Barca or Madrid move

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been told that the grass may not be greener away from Arsenal by former Gunner Ian Wright.

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The striker’s contract in north London is winding down and there has been interest shown from the likes of Inter Milan and Barcelona.

Since Aubameyang moved to Arsenal he has been their most reliable source of goals and last term picked up the Golden Boot.

But with the striker now north of 30 Wright has told the Express that he may not get the sort of deal he was envisaging away from the Emirates.

He said: “If the season was still going and he continued scoring goals then he’d be in a strong position.

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“But I think the position he’s in now – we’re talking about someone who’s going to be 32 next summer.

“He is getting into a situation where if he does see that contract out, are the same people going to come for him?

“The contract what he’s got on the table from Arsenal, is there going to be another club who’s going to give him the same kind of contract?”

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Aubameyang has again led the goalscoring charts for the north Londoners, racking up 20 strikes thus far.

The former Borussia Dortmund man is keen to play in the Champions League once again – something that currently looks beyond Arsenal.

But Wright has also cautioned Aubameyang against pushing too hard for a lucrative deal.

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He added: “If he does say ‘I don’t want to sign a deal’ and then [Mikel] Arteta starts to use [Gabriel] Martinelli and he starts to score goals and do well, then all of a sudden Aubameyang’s position and negotiation point gets weaker.

“I think the longer he waits, in this time, the more it might affect him.”

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Aubameyang remains ‘Imperfect Plan B’ for Barcelona


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Aubameyang remains ‘Imperfect Plan B’ for Barcelona


Barcelona have made little secret of having put Lautaro Martinez top of their list for this summer, but if the £98million Argentine cannot be signed their attention will turn to Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Martinez’s buy-out clause expires on July 15. Barcelona are hoping Inter will accept two players and around £45m for the 22-year-old, but Inter want a cash sum not too far away from that release clause and that is money the Catalans just don’t have.

Martinez is Lionel Messi’s first-pick, and his age fits perfectly with the likelihood that Luis Suarez, 33, will play fewer games next season and will probably leave the club in 2021.

But Barcelona are already feeling the financial affects of the coronavirus pandemic and if Inter do not buckle on a player who has a contract until 2023, then Barca could go back to January target Aubameyang.

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His age means he is not a perfect alternative. But if Arsenal are prepared to sell him for less than £18m then he begins to look far more attractive.

There are few doubts over the soon-to-be 31-year-old’s ability. He scored at the Nou Camp in a pre-season friendly last August.

His 61 goals in 97 appearances at Arsenal speaks for itself and his reputation has only been enhanced by how well thought of he is by both former coach Unai Emery and current manager Mikel Arteta.

There are no questions over how well he would fit in at Barcelona despite being financially unsettled at Arsenal this season. Unhappy at being so far behind top-earner Mesut Ozil, he has continued to deliver at the Emirates.

He could alternate with Suarez as a central striker but he also has the pace to play wide left with Suarez through the middle and Messi down the right.

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His ability to open the pitch up with the threat of his speed, much in the way Pedro, David Villa, Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry used to; and in the way Barcelona hope Martin Braithwaite will in what is left of this season, makes him attractive.

Primarily he would be used in rotation with Suarez because Barcelona also have Antoine Griezmann, and Ousmane Dembele if they fail to loan him out, to fit into the side.

The desire to offload Dembele, or Philippe Coutinho so he is not on the wage bill next season, could even help open a path to Barcelona for Aubameyang with swaps likely to be more prevalent in the next window than ever before. Arsenal would need to take either the French winger or the Brazilian forward for that to happen.

Barcelona remain confident of twisting Inter’s arm over Martinez and that could open another door for Aubameyang to leave through.

Antonio Conte is not completely against the sale of his star striker if a replacement is bought and Aubameyang is on a shortlist of two – with Edinson Cavani – as players he sees capable of coming in and making an instant impact.

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If Aubameyang were to end up at the Nou Camp, he would have some backpedaling to do over comments made in 2016.

He was quoted widely in Spain as having said: ‘Real Madrid is the club of my heart. I promised my grandfather that I would play there and one day I hope to make that dream a reality.’


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Neville criticizes Aubameyang


Arsenal’s handling of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract situation has been criticised by Gary Neville, who believes players can “call the shots” at the Emirates.

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The Gunners’ Golden Boot contender and influential current captain has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances since moving to north London from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, but his future remains subject to considerable speculation.

Aubameyang signed a three-and-a-half-year deal upon arrival at Arsenal and is set to be out of contract next summer, with an agreement over an extension yet to be reached as the club weigh up whether to cash in on their prized asset or risk losing him for nothing next summer.

It is not the first time Arsenal have found themselves with an important player on an expiring contract, with Aaron Ramsey joining Juventus on a free transfer last summer and the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Robin van Persie among the players sold over recent years before their deals ran out.

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“Arsenal find themselves in this position far too often,” Neville told The Football Show on Sky Sports.


“I think a [three-and-a-half-year] deal for a player who cost £60m, you would at least want that fourth year just so you can control him if he does well in the first two seasons, which he obviously has.

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“That’s the mistake that’s been made from day one with Aubameyang. The fact they are in this position now is through mistakes that have been made previously.

“I think Arsenal are in a position where the players can call the shots. They can keep him for another year, but then he would leave for nothing.”


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Aubameyang ‘too good’ for Arsenal but should not be sold – Carragher


Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ‘too good for Arsenal’ but believes the Gunners should gamble by keeping him at the club this summer.

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Aubameyang has been prolific ever since arriving at the Emirates in January 2018, scoring 61 goals in 97 appearances despite Arsenal’s struggles during the same period.

However, last season’s joint-winner of the Premier League Golden Boot is entering the final year of his contract and is yet to agree a new deal, with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona reportedly interested.

The situation leaves the Gunners hierarchy facing a tough choice between cashing in now or potentially watching him walk away for nothing in 12 months’ time. But with Mikel Arteta desperate to force the club back into the Champions League, Carragher believes holding onto the 30-year-old would be a risk worth taking.

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“We had that, at times, at Liverpool with maybe Luis Suarez and certain players that you have in your squad. You are desperate to keep hold of them because you are thinking as a club you want to build around this player and if that player goes you feel like you’re starting again.

“That will be a decision for them. It’s okay saying if he doesn’t want to be there let him go. I hear all this but it’s not easy when you are at that club and you have a player of such star quality, who is probably nailed on this season and next season to be there or thereabouts for the golden boot.

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“It’s not easy to find goal scorers. I’d keep Aubameyang and see what you could do. Could you bring players in around that, hopefully have a successful season and maybe in the next 12 months convince him to stay?

“If not, I think it gives Arsenal a greater chance of getting back into the top four and that’s where they need to be.”


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Auba’s future still unclear as he receives no extension yet from Arsenal


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Arsenal have not offered Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a new contract to remain at the Emirates beyond 2021, despite reports from France stating fresh terms have been tabled. Aubameyang’s future is a major dilemma for the Gunners, with the current agreement of the club’s most valuable player expiring in a year’s time.

Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are among the many sides across Europe linked with the Gabon international, who had been valued at around £50million prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

And with the repercussions of COVID-19-enforced break having taken its financial toll on the north London club, it is widely expected Aubameyang will leave this summer.

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Arsenal look unlikely to be able to offer the kind of financial incentives Aubameyang may require to stay under Mikel Arteta’s stewardship in the English capital.


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Henry Speaks On Aubameyang’s Blur Future In Arsenal

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Thierry Henry is hoping to see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remain at Arsenal, but the man who left the Gunners for Barcelona in his own playing days admits another prolific frontman may decide to take on a challenge away from north London.

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Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer Henry told Sky Sports of the decision facing Aubameyang: “Everybody will do whatever they have to do. How am I going to say to someone to stay when I left? Things happen but that doesn’t kill the love that you have for a place.

“As an Arsenal fan you want him to stay, but as a football player he will assess the situation with his family, with his dad, and see what is the best for them.

“If you’re an Arsenal man then you don’t want him to leave, but the guy has a career and I don’t know what’s in his head.

“All I know is that we are definitely going to miss his goals if he does leave. He does score goals and if you take the goals of Aubameyang away, it’s a tough one.

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“I respect people and what they have to go through and what desire or dream they have, but as an Arsenal man, any Arsenal fan would be crazy to say he should leave.

“I don’t want him to leave, but on the other side you have to understand the guy has a life and maybe he needs to see something else. Who knows? I hope that he stays.”

If Arsenal can convince Aubameyang to stay put, there will be even more signs of encouragement for the club since Mikel Arteta inherited the managerial reins.

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Henry admits as much, with a coronavirus-enforced break coming at the worst possible time for a team that had started to rebuild consistency and momentum.

The iconic Frenchman added on the progress being made: “It’s a tough one because Mikel Arteta was getting them to a certain place, you could see the organisation, they were more compact, difficult to beat, and then that happened.

“I can tell you as a coach now that is not easy to deal with because you want to carry on with what you are doing. With the players, although you are talking to them it is better to train and try to see what you can do after training at the weekend.

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“It depends on who is going to leave, who is not going to leave. We don’t know about that. Who’s going to come?

“I just want Arsenal to do well and compete. I wish them the best all the time. Mikel Arteta, too, because that’s a tough job, as everyone knows. We have to give him time.”


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Rivaldo’s transfer advice to Barca: Keep Griezmann & avoid Aubameyang


Barcelona should be looking to keep Antoine Griezmann and avoid being dragged into the race for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says Rivaldo.

Transfer talk is building at Camp Nou heading towards the summer, despite there being no indication as to when the 2019-20 campaign will be brought to a close.


Griezmann is among those Barca are reportedly willing to listen to offers for, despite only acquiring him at the end of a long-running saga in 2019.

It has been suggested that the World Cup-winning France international could be used as a makeweight in efforts by the Liga giants to prise Lautaro Martinez away from Inter or Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.


Rivaldo, though, believes that the Blaugrana need to be retaining the services of a proven 29-year-old who is yet to show his true colours in Catalunya.

The Barca legend told Betfair: “There are growing rumours about a potential Antoine Griezmann transfer to Internazionale in exchange for Lautaro Martínez or even a deal that could see the Frenchman go to PSG and Neymar come the other way.


“But I believe that Barca’s board will give Griezmann more time to make an impression at the club.

“In Italy, Griezmann would have more difficulties and I think his future is in La Liga where he is well-adapted and ready to show his best game regularly.


“Barcelona just needs to be a little more patient before he builds more confidence and starts playing with more personality.”

Amid the talk of Griezmann potentially moving on, Aubameyang is among those Barcelona are being linked with when it comes to arrivals.


The prolific Arsenal frontman is approaching the final 12 months of his contract with the Gunners, sparking talk of the Premier League giants cashing in.

Rivaldo can appreciate why Barca might be keen on the 30-year-old, but has questioned whether he is needed or the right fit for Quique Setien’s side.


The Brazilian added: “Barcelona always looks for the best players available in the market and Aubameyang is obviously a great player who could be a boost for the club.

“But other than simply signing a player, Barcelona must study if a certain player will fit into their current system, or if a transfer could end up forcing the new player to play in a different role, harming his own performance and potentially causing the team problems as well.


“So, it’s crucial to analyse these factors carefully before making an offer to sign a player, as it isn’t just the taste of the president and board that should decide this kind of stuff.

“You need to understand if the manager would approve of it and will have a space for the player in his system.

“To fit on a new team’s system is crucial, so Barcelona must be aware of that all the time and ask: Would that player fit on Quique Setien’s system?”


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Madrid enquire about availability of £44m-rated Aubameyang


Real Madrid have reportedly ‘made an enquiry’ for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Spanish giants want to rejuvenate their forward line after failing to replace Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu.


And according to France Football, Real have turned their attention to £44m-rated striker Aubameyang.

The 30-year-old Gabon international is yet to sign a new deal at the Emirates with his contract only having another season to run after this one.


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Aubameyang 1-step ahead to move to Barcelona.


Arsenal have placed a £50million price tag on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is wanted by Barcelona, the UK Metro reports.

Aubameyang has less than 18 months left on his current deal and has so far refused to agree fresh terms.


The Gabon striker, 30, became the Gunners’ record signing in 2018, when he signed from Borussia Dortmund for £57m.

Aubameyang has gone on to score 61 times in 97 appearances in all competitions.


Barca tried to sign him in the January window following injury to Luis Suarez, but a move never materialized.

The Catalans will try again in the summer, as their priority remains to bring in a centre forward and Aubameyang is keen to make the move.

Arsenal have all but given up on keeping their captain, especially with the club looking unlikely to qualify for the Champions League.


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