Mikel Arteta has insisted Arsenal have a « very clear plan » in response to comments made by wantaway captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gunners boss is dealing with the potential prospect of Aubameyang leaving the club this summer, as the 30-year-old continues to stall over his contract.
Since Arteta’s arrival Aubameyang has played a key role, and the club have shown signs of improvement, which their manager believes proves they are heading in the « right direction ».
However Aubameyang is still no closer to making a decision on his future.
The striker told Telefoot this week: « Recently I have not received an offer to extend. But, of course, we have had exchanges with the club for a fair few months now.
Arteta has outlined Arsenal’s plan to Aubameyang
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« They know very well why so far nothing has happened. They have the keys. It is up to them to do their work and, after that, we will see how things go.
« It is a turning point in my career, and I will be very frank with everyone. It will certainly be a very difficult decision to make. I still haven’t decided and we will see. It will maybe be the most important decision of my career. »
Yet despite pressure on Arsenal from Aubameyang, Arteta is adamant he does not have to convince anyone to stay at the club.
« We have a very clear plan of what we want to do from now on, » the Arsenal boss told Premier League Productions. « The players know where the club is standing and we are moving in the right direction. »
Key to negotiations with Aubameyang will be whether Arsenal can persuade him they are willing to match his ambitions of playing in the Champions League.
Arsenal have some work to do to qualify for the competition next season, and failure to land a spot in Europe at all would severely hamper their ability to invest in their squad this summer.
Pressed further on the contract standoff between Arsenal and Aubameyang, Arteta admitted his hands were tied unless they can get back amongst Europe’s elite.
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« Financially for the club the fact that in the last three years we haven’t had any Champions League it puts the club in a very difficult position, » Arteta replied.
« We have a structure that is designed to be in the Champions League so when we don’t have that financially it creates a lot of issues and instability. But that’s the situation we are facing.
« We have ten games to go, we have to go full gas and get as high as possible in the table. »
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