Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is and can stay an Arsenal participant, the Premier League aspect’s supervisor Mikel Arteta mentioned on Thursday.
The Gabonese worldwide striker had an underwhelming season final time period scoring simply 10 league targets — he scored 22 in every of the 2 previous campaigns — however Arteta sees him as pivotal to the Gunners.
The 32-year-old scored a hat-trick in his first begin this season within the 6-0 whipping of Championship aspect West Brom within the League Cup on Wednesday which was additionally Arsenal’s first win after opening with two league defeats.
They journey to champions Manchester City on Saturday with Pep Guardiola’s aspect wanting so as to add a striker to their ranks after their principal goal Harry Kane mentioned he’ll keep at Tottenham Hotspur this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been talked about as a potential goal however it could be onerous to steer Juventus to let him go so Aubameyang as a confirmed goalscorer might show engaging.
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is our player and he will remain here,” mentioned Arteta at Thursday’s press convention.
However, Arteta was not so certain what would possibly occur if the membership was to obtain an enormous provide for the participant who signed a 3 12 months contract final September.
They have spent extra money than all their rivals within the shut season — a reported 130 million ($178 million) — and will really feel obliged to pay attention if an enormous cash provide was made.
“I don’t know,” he mentioned when requested if the membership must think about provides for any participant.
“We haven’t had a situation but probably that question is more for (technical director) Edu and the board.”
One participant who does look like surplus to necessities is Brazilian ahead Willian, who has failed to fireplace since he joined from Chelsea on a free switch in August final 12 months.
The 33-year-old has been closely linked with a return to his homeland with Corinthians.
“We are having some conversations with him and the agent and we are evaluating the position that we are in at the moment,” he added.
Arteta would in all probability have most popular a neater opponent previous to the worldwide break than the membership the place he was assistant to Guardiola previous to taking the Arsenal job.
The Gunners supervisor, although, paid his former boss a good-looking tribute after Guardiola was reported on Wednesday to have mentioned he would go away City when his current contract expires in 2023.
“Obviously the longevity of Sir Alex (Ferguson) and Arsene (Wenger) is incredible what they’ve done,” he mentioned.
“I believe that Pep has introduced a variety of new issues and a unique method of taking part in and I believe what he’s added to this nation is phenomenal and he’s going to go down within the historical past of the Premier League for certain.
“Obviously it is the club that he has been the longest (he has been there since 2016) and I think he’s loving it there.”