KEY POINTS

  • Mikel Arteta tells Arsenal fans to relax as a new deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be sealed soon
  • Aubameyang has not been linked to other clubs as of late
  • Arteta shuts down Alexandre Lacazette transfer talks following discussions with the French national

The future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains unknown, but the consensus is that the Gabon national will be staying with Arsenal FC. Though no new deal has been signed, Mikel Arteta is confident that one will be inked soon.

"I can say I am even more confident than I was at the end of last season," Arteta said via Sky Sports. "Do I think it will be done soon? I am really optimistic, yes."

Arteta said that Gunners fan can now relax and heave a sigh of relief on Aubameyang after months of worrying about the future of the 31-year-old forward. But Arteta's statement may not be news for some as there were already signs on social media that Aubameyang would be staying at Emirates Stadium.

Last month, the Gabon captain posted an hourglass emoji that was preceded by several dots on his Twitter page. To those who were able to see it, it easily depicts that time is running out and a new deal would be struck soon. For others, it appeared to be a countdown for the coming season, with Aubameyang raring to lead the Gunners anew.

Arsenal starts its season against Fulham this weekend, and some are not at ease with Aubameyang’s deal remaining unsettled. The 31-year-old’s contract does not run out until the end of the coming season, but most want to see him secured by Arsenal soon.

According to Goal, Aubameyang’s contract would see him make roughly $320,000 a week. Once signed, this is expected to put to rest any interest other clubs have on Aubameyang.

Clubs who have shown interest in the Gabon national include Barcelona and Inter Milan.

Aside from Aubameyang, Arteta revealed that Alexandre Lacazette will also be staying at Emirates Stadium. Both sides have already held talks, and it turns out that the 29-year-old player wants to stay with the Gunners.

"He is really happy here," Arteta said. "He wants to keep improving and contributing to the team. I know how good he is and the impact he's having."

Aside from Aubameyang and Lacazette, the Gunners will also have Willian Borges da Silva and Gabriel Magalhaes in tow. Despite their financial difficulties, Arteta revealed that more deals could be following soon.

"We are active for ins and outs," he said. "At the moment the squad balance is not ideal. There is still some work to do."

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates putting Borussia Dortmund 2-0 up against Arsenal. Photo: Reuters