Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has emphasised the need to extend the contract of star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid the interest from elite European clubs.
The Gabon international has been a consistent performer in the club’s shirt since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund two years ago and he has scored exactly 60 goals from 95 appearances.
Out of those, 49 have come in the Premier League and that includes the brace scored during the 3-2 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
In the post-match press conference, Arteta described Aubameyang as a ‘superb player’ and admitted that his goalscoring exploits will definitely attract interest from other teams.
He added that he would prefer Aubameyang staying beyond the current length of the contract (June 2021) and is hopeful that the club can convince the striker to sign a new long-term deal.
“The clubs [who want him] are completely right because he is a superb player. He completely deserves to be liked by all the other teams. Hopefully we can convince him that this is the right place for him and that he has a future here,” he told.
Aubameyang bagged his 16th and 17th Premier League goals of the season against the Toffees and he is currently the joint top-scorer in the division alongside Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.
The 30-year-old has the chance to score his 50th league goal in his 75th appearance which will come against West Ham United next month. He is on course to become the fastest-ever Arsenal player to achieve that feat ahead of club legends Thierry Henry (83) and Ian Wright (87).