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Arteta provides assurances over Aubameyang’s future

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Mikel Arteta insists the FA Cup final against Chelsea will not be the final match for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in an Arsenal shirt.

Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future remains up in the air as he continues to stall negotiations over a contract extension.

European heavyweights such as Inter Milan and FC Barcelona are being linked with the summer signing of Aubameyang, who has just one year left of his current contract.

Up next for the Gunners is a season-defining FA Cup final match, which could prove to be their passport into Europe. Moreover, a victory would also help strengthen them financially, which in turn could boost their chances of keeping the Gabonese marksman.

However, Mikel Arteta does not believe that Arsenal’s chances of keeping Aubameyang hinge on the upcoming clash against Chelsea.

“No, I don’t have those thoughts,” Arteta said when asked whether the FA Cup final will be the 31-year old’s final match for the club, as Mirror reports.

“It’s a package at the end, you need to have a lot of ingredients on the table to persuade a player of his level to be at this football club.

“Don’t forget he still has a contract here with us. We want to keep him and do it more long-term. But at the moment he is with us and I think he should be really proud of where he is as well.”