Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has told the club they have to convince him to extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners’ captain is out of contract next summer, and fears are already growing that the Londoners could be forced to cash in on their prized asset, to avoid the situation they have had with other players in the past who have run their current deal down and left for nothing.
Arsenal are currently in a transition period under Mikel Arteta and if they are to become the side they want to again, they can ill afford to lose a man who has proven himself to be so pivotal to the club.
Aubameyang turns 31 later this week and is well aware that his next contract, whether that is at the Gunners or not, is the biggest of his career as he heads towards the latter end of his time at the top level, and has called on the Londoners to prove they are the place he should continue his football with.
“I haven’t had any offers recently, of course, but I did speak to the club quite a few months ago, and they know why nothing has happened yet.” Telefoot quote him as saying.
“The ball is in their court now, so it’s down to them to do their bit and we’ll see how it goes.
“As I’ve said, it’s a turning point in my career and I want to be honest with everyone: It’ll certainly be a very difficult decision to make and I haven’t yet made it.
“We’ll see. I think it might be the most important choice of my career.”
Aubameyang will put his contract issues to one side on Wednesday evening, as he spearheads the Arsenal attack when they head to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City in the second part of the double header that makes up the return of the Premier League.