Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang offered contract extension
According to French paper L’Equipe (via Get French Football News), Arsenal have offered star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a contract extension.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has received a contract extension offer from Arsenal, according to L’Équipe.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) June 1, 2020
This season, Aubameyang has scored 21 goals in 30 games for Arsenal.
In the Premier League, Aubameyang has scored 17 goals for the Gunners. Only Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (19) has more goals in the league.
In total since joining Arsenal in January 2018, Aubameyang has scored 61 goals in 85 games in all competitions.
However, Aubameyang only has one year remaining on his current Gunners deal.
If the 30-year-old Gabonese attacker opts against signing a new deal, Aubameyang would be a free agent in 2021.
What we don’t know about Arsenal’s contract offer to Aubameyang
Aside from knowing about Arsenal’s reported contract offer, few details are known.
The length of the contract offer to Aubameyang is unknown.
It’s unclear if Aubameyang is being offered a pay-rise.
Also, it’s unclear if the Gunners are looking to insert any other terms or bonuses into the deal.
What’s likely to happen with Aubameyang?
Many Arsenal fans will probably be stewing over this whole Aubameyang, contract situation.
Did Arsenal learn nothing from previous contract negotiations with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez?
How have the Gunners found themselves facing another scenario where their star player can walk for free in a year’s time?
What seems clear is that Aubameyang is in a powerful bargaining position: with the potential of earning a big signing-on fee in twelve months, one would assume Arsenal need to pay up to convince the forward to stay.
At the same time, there have to be doubts over Arsenal’s financial muscle in these unprecedented times.
Back in February, Arsenal’s latest accounts showed a £27.1 million loss, despite an increase in football revenue.
Worryingly, it was the first time Arsenal had announced an operating loss since 2002.
Arsenal’s financial results are the consequence of two main factors: no Champions League football and a high wage bill.
Sitting 9th in the 2019-20 Premier League, Arsenal are unlikely to be returning to the Champions League anytime soon.
That’s left the Telegraph’s Sam Dean predicting that the Gunners will soon become a selling club:
Given their financial situation before the crisis struck, an elongated suspension could essentially force Arsenal to attempt to cash-in on their key players as soon as possible.
Their best players leaving on the cheap is not part of the business strategy, but it may well become an unavoidable reality.
This article was edited by Ben Green.