Saturday, February 24, 2024
'Aubameyang would cost zillions to replace'

He would "cost zillions to replace" and manager Mikel Arteta wants to "build his squad around him" - but will Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stay at Arsenal?

The striker scored another two goals in Arsenal's memorable victory over Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup final - securing their place in next season's Europa League in the process.

He became just the fifth player to score two or more goals in a cup match at Wembley on more than one occasion, joining former Arsenal striker Ian Wright, Bryan Robson, Ian Rush and Eric Cantona.

The fans love him, the manager loves him... but, with just one year left on his contract, has the 31-year-old Gabon striker played his last game for the Gunners?

When pressed about the forward's future, Arteta said he thinks Aubameyang will stay.

"He knows what I think about him. I want to build the squad around him. I think he wants to stay and it is just about getting the deal done," Arteta told BBC One.

"I think these moments will help him to realise and believe that we are on the right path and he is a big part of that. He is loved by everybody at the club. Hopefully he can continue with us."

But Aubameyang was more coy.

He said there was "nothing" to say before running off to lift the trophy.

Meanwhile, teammates Rob Holding and an emotional Emiliano Martinez were full of praise for their skipper.

"Aubameyang seems to do it on the break in every game. He is a our talisman and has done it all season," said Holding.

"I said to him [Aubameyang] before the game, you are going to win us the game," added Martinez, who was crying at full-time.

SOURCE: BBC

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