• Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to decide on his future soon
  • Ian Wright believes the Gabon national needs to consider his age
  • Aubameyang may not flourish if he moves out of Emirates Stadium

One of the players on Arsenal FC who needs to decide at some point is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The 30-year-old player still has about a year left on his deal although Mikel Arteta is expected to sit down and talk to him soon. That may include discussing the Gabon national's contract moving forward.

However, Aubameyang can also choose to join other teams. One team keen on signing him is Real Madrid. But with his age in consideration, a potential move to Santiago Bernabeu may not turn out well. Former Gunners striker Ian Wright emphasizes the fact that Aubameyang is not getting any younger. Assuming he does play out the remainder of his current deal, the Gabon captain will already be 32-years-old by the time it expires, Express reported.

Wright argued that Aubameyang will already be 32 by the time his current contract ends. Though he is gaining interest now, there could be dwindled interest next summer. Hence, the reported talk that Arteta plans to have with Gabon forward will be crucial. Though it was reported that Arteta plans to show Aubameyang his role with the team, opting to move out could have dire consequences according to Wright.

"If he does say 'I don't want to sign a deal' and then [Mikel] Arteta starts to use [Gabriel] Martinelli and he starts to score goals and do well, then all of a sudden Aubameyang's position and negotiation point gets weaker," Wright said.

Wright added that a contract extension may be offered. However, he remains reserved for how long the deal would be. If that is unacceptable, Aubameyang and opt to leave and consider offers by other teams. Aside from Real, Barcelona and Juventus have expressed interest in the Gabon footballer. While that may be an easy way out, it could be a decision that Aubameyang will have to live with.

Arsenal have been over-reliant on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for goals
Arsenal have been over-reliant on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for goals AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS

"We're talking Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus. Is he going to go to these teams? I'm not sure," Wright said.

"I think the longer he waits, in this time, the more it might affect him," he added.

Aubameyang will have to make a decision soon. Whether it would see him stay or leave Emirates Stadium remains to be seen. Whatever he chooses, that decision is something he will have to live with moving forward.