Former Arsenal player Jermaine Pennant believes that convincing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to stay will be tough, but more money will help.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has entered the last year of his contract with Arsenal. The former Borussia Dortmund striker is undecided if he wants to commit his long term future to the Gunners.
While part of the problem is Mikel Arteta’s side missing out on European football as things stand right now, and the other is money.
Finishing eighth in the Premier League means no European football at the Emirates Stadium next season. However, a victorious FA Cup final against Chelsea and there would at least be Europa League action.
The Gabon international would prefer Champions League football, but some kind of European action would help Arsenal’s case.
As for the money side of things, club owner Stan Kroenke runs a very tight financial ship and is reluctant to cave into huge weekly wage demands.
However, former Gunner Pennant believes that if it comes down to money the club should get rid of Mesut Ozil and use as much of that money as is needed to convince Aubameyang to stay.
Speaking to Talk Sport he suggests:
“Winning the FA Cup would make it easier to keep hold of him, but the fact he’s not playing Champions League football is going to be a massive factor in him staying.”
“A player of that caliber wants to be playing in the Champions League, all the top players in the world want to play on that stage.”
“It’s going to be tough for Arsenal to keep him, especially with his contract running down. He’s already rejected an offer to stay, so Arteta is going to have to be doing some right good sweet-talking.”
“But if you’ve got Ozil on £300,000 a week and it’s a money issue with Aubameyang, then why not just let Ozil go? Sell Ozil!”
“If he’s scoring goals the way he is, just give him the money, it doesn’t matter how old he is!”
What do you think?
If Aubameyang leaves, who should the Gunners sign?