10 September 2020 18:35
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's new contract solves a problem for Arsenal – but it could create more down the line Aubameyang is set to become Arsenal's best-paid player but, at 31, he will have to stay on top form well into his thirties to justify his new contract Arsenal fans have good reason to celebrate the news that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on the verge of signing a new contract. The fastest player to 50 Premier League goals for the club, edging out none other than Thierry Henry, Aubameyang's darting off-the-shoulder runs and ingenious finishes have already raised him up to the pantheon of great Arsenal strikers. Ask Frank Lampard, who could only watch on miserably as Aubameyang downed Chelsea with two goals in the FA Cup final last month. Trick question: Stoke were relegated in Aubameyang's first season in England and he never got the chance to play them away, but he did score two goals against them at the Emirates. Arsenal have solved one of their most immediate problems going into the new season by convincing Aubameyang to sign a new contract.
Heading into the final year of his current deal, the club were at risk of losing him for free having paid a then-club record £56m fee for him in 2018. While that might have made sense from an economic point of view – Arsenal could certainly do with more young players who appreciate in value during their time at the club – it's a risky process. Arsenal badly need those goals and Aubameyang has shown he's the man to score them. When it comes to the money involved, however, Arsenal may find that they have created other problems down the line. According to The Athletic, Aubameyang is about to sign a three-year contract which will see him become the highest earner at the club.
They say that the terms involved 'will enable him to become Arsenal's highest-paid player,' although it is unclear if bonuses are included to take his earnings beyond Mesut Ozil's basic £350,000-a-week wage. Aubameyang had been linked with Inter Milan and Barcelona in recent months but has been convinced by 'the sense of direction and progress' under Mikel Arteta. The report states that 'the intervention' of the Spaniard 'proved crucial' during negotiations, while Aubameyang's own father 'was fundamental to getting the deal over the line'. Arsenal could now focus their attentions on Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey or Lyon schemer Houssem Aouar, who have both emerged as targets for the north London club. Arteta has already signed Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares, Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes on permanent deals this summer, with Dani Ceballos rejoining on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
ARSENAL TO BE OFFERED PSG STAR IN SWAP DEAL Elsewhere, reports say Paris Saint-Germain will offer Arsenal Julian Draxler in a swap deal. The player offered to move the other way is Matteo Guendouzi, whose future has become uncertain at Arsenal. Germany international Draxler, who has entered the final year of his deal, is also allegedly a target for Leeds. PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG'S new Arsenal contract will reportedly see him become the highest-paid player at the Emirates. It was initially believed that his new deal would see him pocket £250,000-a-week, but it has now been claimed the 31-year-old will top Mesut Ozil's wages. 1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be Arsenal's highest-paid player The German playmaker is on £350,000-a-week in North London, but The Athletic have stated Aubameyang will become the top earner at the club. No figure has been mentioned by the news outlet, only that his current £200k-a-week deal will be vastly improved. Mikel Arteta is said to have been instrumental in negotiations, with the club's former head of football Raul Sanllehi playing a huge part in talks before his departure. Ozil will now be the second top earner at Arsenal following his contract extension in January 2018. In fourth is Alexandre Lacazette who earns £182,000-a-week, with club-record signing Nicolas Pepe completing the top five thanks to his £140,000-a-week deal. Gunners fans have also been buoyed by the news that the club remain keen to sign Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar. Arsenal have reportedly had a breakthrough in negotiations with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the forward has signed a three-year contract. Aubameyang's future has dominated the headlines at Arsenal over the last 12 months. But Aubameyang has cut a much happier figure under Mikel Arteta, with Arsenal showing promising signs in the second half of the season. Since then, Arsenal have been working tirelessly to try and convince Aubameyang to sign a long-term extension.