Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has insisted the sooner that club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future is sorted the better.
The Gabon national team striker’s contract with the north London club is due to expire at the end of next season and there has been no shortage of speculation in the media regarding his future at the club.
Aubameyang has been linked with a whole array of clubs in recent weeks and months including Inter, who are reportedly keen to add him regardless of whether Barcelona and Manchester City target Lautaro Martinez stays or goes.
“When I was talking about the uncertain things that we have on the table, obviously he’s one of them,” Arteta explained in his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s match away to Aston Villa tomorrow.
“With Auba, I think I’ve been very clear with what I want. The quicker we do it, for me personally, the better because the player will be more focused, more determined and more calm. But we have to respect the timings as well as the needs of the football club.”
Aubameyang, who joined the Gunners back in January 2018 from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, has made 41 appearances across all competitions to date this term. In just under 3500 minutes, the 31-year-old has scored 25 goals and has provided two assists for his teammates.