Amidst the unending concerns about Arsenal’s captain contract situation which has placed both fans and the club’s management in a state of being apprehensive.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has been Arsenal’s highest goal scorer since he joined from Borussia Dortmund for £58million in January 2018, have been reluctant to extend his contract which is set to expire next summer, which has caused an uproar and has opened an avenue for top suitors, hoping to take advantage of his contract situation to snatch him away from the club.
Before the league was deferred due to the Pandemic crisis, the Gabon international has already scored 17 league goals, sitting just two behind Leicester’s Jamie Vardy.
In an interview with Sporf, Ian Wright who has been very vocal about Arsenal’s related issues was asked whether he thought Aubameyang would still be at the Emirates next season, Wright responded that: “I hope so. If I’m going to sit here and speak about Aubameyang at the stage of his career that he’s at, maybe wanting to win things, maybe one last chance and people are saying that Real Madrid are sniffing around him,” Wright told Sporf.
“If he did [leave]… if he was somebody that was tempted away, I’m not sure that people could really fault him at this stage because you look at Arsenal and the current plight, you have to say we’re going through a transitional period, coming off of [Arsene] Wenger, coming off of Unai Emery and now getting the coach that I believe is going to take us to the promised land.
“It depends totally on whether Aubameyang has the patience to wait for this to kick in but if he didn’t I’m not sure at his age what people could say, he’s somebody that deserves to be playing at a level where he’s able to win things.
“Depending on his ambition, his people around him and what they’re saying to him, how much he loves the club – and I know he loves the club immensely – you have to pray that’s going to be enough for him to stay.
“But I’m not going sit here and say anything other than I wish him all the best with what he does but I pray to God he stays at Arsenal.”
Leaving out Aubameyang’s goal contributions since his arrival, obviously, Arsenal would have been struggling for goals. His importance and influence in the team cannot be overlooked.
But will this also turn out to be another Van Persie situation?