The FA Cup final win against Chelsea on Saturday solves a number of different problems for Arsenal. The Gunners are in a much better financial situation and they will also be in the Europa League next season.
That helps Mikel Arteta a lot in this summer’s transfer window. European football attracts top players and Arsenal will now have the funds to sign the big players that they want.
The win also helps Arsenal keep hold of their best players, most notably Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gunners skipper has entered the final year of his contract and there has been lots of speculation surrounding his future.
It was believed that Aubameyang’s demands for a new contract was an increase in his salary combined with the opportunity of playing European football next season.
Arsenal are in a position now to offer both of those to their skipper but, if a new report is to be believed, Aubameyang is holding out for something else.
Le10 Sport claims that the former Dortmund man wants Arsenal to strengthen the squad heavily in this summer’s transfer window. The report also claims that he dreams that the Gunners sign Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele to bolster their attack.
Déjà vu for Arsenal fans?
Arsenal fans have seen this before. Former skipper Robin van Persie demanded the same from Arsene Wenger before he left the club back in 2012, and the Gunners didn’t oblige his demands then.
Van Persie claimed recently that he gave former CEO Ivan Gazidis a seven-point plan that would have helped the Gunners move forward, all of which were rejected back then. (The High Performance Podcast)
Arsenal fans felt that a player, irrespective of how important he is, shouldn’t tell the club how to run things, and it will be interesting to see if they feel the same now if Aubameyang’s reported demands are true.
The Gunners need to come to a decision quickly. The Premier League restarts in less than six weeks and, if Aubameyang decides to leave the club, alternatives have to be identified.
It will certainly not be easy to find a player who scores in excess of 25 goals every season. Convincing Aubameyang to stay on Arsenal’s terms will remain the biggest priority. However, if history is anything to go by, the Gunners skipper will be sold. just like van Persie was all those years ago.