Arsenal are becoming worried that the club’s poor form under Unai Emery could lead to strike partners Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette leaving the club, according to reports.
The Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Southampton on Saturday made it six games in all competitions without a victory, with Emery said to be clinging onto his job in North London.
Recent reports have suggested that the crisis at the Emirates Stadium has led to chairman Sir Chips Keswick considering handing in his resignation but, according to the Daily Mirror, he may not be the only key figure who could leave the club.
The newspaper says that Aubameyang and Lacazette, two ambitious players within the Gunners side, are fearful about the team’s current slide and are considering their options.
Arsenal have been trying to tie the duo down to new deals for some time but the players are reportedly unwilling to commit to fresh terms should Emery stick around and fail to clinch European football next season.
The Mirror says that with Aubameyang entering the final year of his contract next season, Arsenal will not want to risk losing him on a free if his contract does expire but the promise of remaining as club captain may not be enough, should the Gunners fail to finish in the top six.
As for Lacazette, the Frenchman is said to be “desperate” to play in the Champions League and despite being set to receive bonuses if the club make it into the top four, his desire for elite European football could lead him to seek pastures new.
Arsenal turn their attentions to the Europa League – the competition in which they last won – on Thursday as they face Eintracht Frankfurt.