“He knows I want to form a team around him”: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hopes the FA Cup triumph will convince two-goal hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to compromise his future at the club.
- Aubameyang, captain of the gunners, has less than a year on the contract
- Arteta hopes Saturday’s triumph will convince him to stay at Arsenal
- Aubameyang scored twice and Arsenal came from behind to seal the 2-1 victory
Mikel Arteta insisted that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would sign a new contract at Arsenal, after inspiring the team with two goals in the club’s 14th FA Cup win.
The Arsenal captain left the trophy at the socially distant self-presentation ceremony.
Aubameyang, who converted a penalty in the first half and scored an excellent second in the 67th minute to seal the victory, has another year of contract and has not yet committed to the club next season.
Mikel Arteta hopes the World Cup triumph will convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal
But Arteta says his performance at Wembley will guarantee his future at the club. “He will stay,” said Arteta. ‘He knows what I think and I want to build the squad around him. Everything is based on my discussions with him and his people. Nothing is done yet, but I hope we can hear something soon.
‘All the players admire him here and we value him very much. He wants to stay. It is a matter of concluding the agreement, but moments like this will help you to realize that we are on the right path and he is a big part of it. He is loved by everyone at the club, so I hope to be able to stay with us.
Arteta laughed at his awkwardness with the cup saying: ‘He needs more experience with trophies. We can get you used to that.
Aubameyang’s top scorer has less than a year to sign his contract in the Emirates
‘Great games demand great moments for great players, and he did it in the semi-final and did it again in the final. Some were questioning that he couldn’t do that in big games: here we go. He was a big role in delivering this trophy.
Arteta won his first trophy after taking office in December and the club’s first cup since the time of Arsene Wenger, his fourth FA cup in seven years.
The Spaniard, who contracted the coronavirus, had to negotiate a salary cut for his players during the blockade and then saw the team lose its first two games after the restart, said it was the proudest moment of his career.
Arsenal lifted the FA Cup for the 14th time after defeating Chelsea at Wembley Stadium
‘I think so. I am very proud, ‘he said. ‘It has been so difficult for the past six months. I had only one mission when I got here, which was to make the team and the players believe that we could do it and have that energy and mentality. And seeing them in the dressing room now makes me more proud and that we can win titles together.
‘It’s a good start. I knew the challenge I was facing the day I decided to come here. The history and legacy of this club is incredible. Here’s the first one, let’s enjoy it and know that there is still a long way to go.
“When I entered through this incredible door, I understood that the needs of this club are very high. It’s a trophy for fans to enjoy.
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