Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal contract talk can be ‘annoying’ reveals team-mate

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal contract talk can be ‘annoying’ reveals team-mate

Alexandre Lacazette says he is in the dark over whether his friend and team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign a new deal with Arsenal. Aubameyang has entered the final year of his contract with the Gunners after two-and-a-half prolific years at the Emirates.

The Gabon international has scored 64 goals in all competitions since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

It is a goalscoring record that puts him on a par with the very best strikers in Europe.

And he is a major asset to an Arsenal team which has slipped down the table in the Premier League.

Arsenal have not come close to winning the league since Aubameyang joined and are unlikely to challenge in the next few years.

It means Aubameyang will be weighing up whether to continue at Arsenal or attempt to add to his medal collection which has just a French League Cup and German Cup.

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Arsenal are desperate to keep hold of the 31-year-old but his wage demands of over £250,000-a-week may prevent an agreement being reached.

Aubameyang has formed a close relationship with Lacazette in their time at Arsenal however the French striker claims he doesn’t know whether club captain will stay.

“He is already one of the legends because of the amount of goals he’s scored in so few games,” Lacazette told beIN SPORTS.

“But to be honest, we stopped talking about [his future] because at the beginning it can be funny.

“But long term you can start to be annoying because you want something that is not maybe the way we’d like and I don’t want to be the guy being a bit annoying so we didn’t really speak about his future.”

“I’m just going to wait like everyone else. And I just hope he’s going tell me before the press.”

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Speaking earlier this month, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said Arsenal will need to prove their ambition to Aubameyang if they want him to commit his future.

“It’s a game of chess,” the former Manchester United and England defender told BT Sport.

“He wants to get as much value for himself as possible and Arsenal will want to drive that down a bit.

“If he shows his hand too early then the club know he wants to stay and then they don’t need to go as far financially.

“But also he will be asking questions of the club: ‘What’s your recruitment strategy going forward? Which players are coming in to play alongside me? Can I compete for titles at Arsenal?’

“He will want to know those things before signing a new contract.”

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