Mikel Arteta has still not been able to convince Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to stay with Gunners, with his final decision not set to be made until the end of the season, the Daily Star say.
Arsenal boss Arteta has continuously said that Aubameyang is happy with the Gunners, despite doubts over his future.
Aubameyang is also believed to have been impressed by Arteta’s start at the Emirates Stadium.
However, the Gabonese striker is not set to make any decision over his future yet.
Aubameyang wants to see if Arsenal qualify for Europe, before committing to signing a new contract with the club.
Aubameyang’s current deal expires at the end of next season, and his departure would be a huge blow for the Gunners.
Aubameyang further outlined his worth to Arsenal at the weekend, as he scored a brace to send Arteta’s men to the FA Cup final.
The rapid front-man has been so crucial to Arsenal’s set-up this season, with his pace proving a major threat from the left-flank.
Arsenal would find it practically impossible to replace Aubameyang’s goals if he was to leave, and convincing him to stay will surely be Arteta’s top priority this summer.
But, despite all the encouragement in recent weeks, Arteta still doesn’t seem to have been able fully convince Aubameyang into sticking around.
The good news for Arsenal is that Aubameyang looks far more likely to be persuaded to stay now that Arteta is in charge than he ever was during Unai Emery’s final season.
But it may be that Arsenal have to win the FA Cup final, and qualify for the Europa League, before they can feel assured that Aubameyang will pen a new contract.