Arsenal will have to make a decision on whether to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as his contract with the Gunners expires in 2021. Manchester United have reportedly put in a £50 million for the striker.
Mikel Arteta is looking to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on his squad knowing that forward will have a crucial part to play should the Gunners be looking to finally finding their way back into the Champions League next season.
However, negotiations for an extension of his contract have gone south as the Gabon national is now demanding a salary increase that could see Arsenal forking out as much as demanding £300,000 a week.
With the club recording its first financial lose since 2002, it seems that Mikel Arteta may have to start shopping for another player.
The club are already feeling the burden of supporting Mesut Ozil’s £350,000 a week salary, even though that investment does not have seemed to have paid off given that the Gunners have not made it past the Round of 16 since the former Real Madrid attacking midfielder joined the club in September 2013 for a record £42.5 million.
The hopes were that the German nation would be able to take the club all the way through to Champions League and Premier League glory but such hopes have long since diminished.
With Aubameyang already 30 years old, the club needs to decide whether the long-term investment of £300,000 a week will be worth it.
Manchester United are reportedly interested in scooping up the Arsenal striker, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believing that he is worth a £50 million bid.
With the financial loses that teams are going to face due to the current suspension of European Competitions including the Premier League, it will be interesting to see what offers are still left on the table as the Summer transfer window gradually approaches.
One thing is for sure, Arsenal are no longer the financial powerhouse they once were and as a result, Mikel Arteta may have to formulate a plan for the Gunners to reach the Champions League next without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.