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Aubameyang’s existing contract gave Arsenal option to trigger one year extension

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s current contract with Arsenal gives the Gunners the option to trigger a one year extension for a price, according to The Athletic. If Arsenal were to exercise this option, the Gabon international’s contract would only expire in 2022 but both club and player decided against this as it would not have served either of their needs. 

The amount of money Arsenal would have had to pay to trigger the extension was considered to be too much. Aubameyang is looking for long term security and a 12 month extension to his current deal would not have been the answer. 

Arsenal and Aubameyang are locked in talks to agree on a deal that would see the Gabonese hitman extend his stay in North London. The player is fond of life in London and has good relationships with his teammates and the staff at Arsenal. He enjoys playing for Mikel Arteta and has forged a strong relationship with the Arsenal head coach. The Spaniard has voiced his desire to see Auba sign a new deal many times. 

The Gabon international is keen to compete for trophies in the next few years as he has not won enough silverware in his career. The Gunners hope to show him how ambitious they are about their future and convince him that he can achieve his goals in North London.

Aubameyang could pick up his first piece of silverware in England this weekend as Arsenal take on Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. It is worth noting that the Gunners have reached a cup final in each of the three seasons the former Dortmund striker has been at the club. 

If the player were to leave North London, he would prefer to move to a club outside of England. Barcelona, Inter Milan and Juventus are reported to be interested in the Arsenal skipper.

Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal’s head of football has taken sole control of contract negotiations with Aubameyang and his representatives. This shows how high of a priority renewing the Gabon international’s contract is for the Gunners. 

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