Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father has offered his son some words of advice after it was reported that Chelsea had become the latest side to enquire for the Arsenal striker.
Aubameyang is close to entering the final year of his contract at Emirates Stadium, but there have been no signs of him intending to extend his stay in north London, despite his regular claims that he has no desire to leave.
Arsenal can either chose to cash in on the player, who has scored 61 goals in 97 games for the club, or risk losing him for nothing from next January.
As such, there is a growing feeling in the game that the Gunners could be forced to cash in on their prized asset in the summer window, with the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter Milan all mentioned as potential suitors for the prolific Gabon international.
And this week, Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas admitted he could envisage Aubameyang making the move to Manchester City to help Arsenal with their team rebuilding mission.
And with Aubameyang urged to dich the Gunners for a “more ambitious club” by the president of the Gabon Football Association, reports on ESPN have suggested Chelsea are also ready to make their move and could spend up to £50m to lure the striker across London.
But Aubameyang’s father appears to have suggested that his son moves to end speculation over his future and has seemed to stress to him why he should sign a new deal with Arsenal on his latest Instagram post.
In the post shared by Pierre-Francois Aubameyang, he used an image of his son signing on the dotted line with Arsenal deal after his January 2018 switch from Borussia Dortmund, captioned with the words: ‘You know what you have to do bro @aubameyang97’.
Since joining the Gunners in a club-record £56million move from Dortmund, Aubameyang has scored 61 goals from 97 appearances for the club and has, this season, been handed the captain’s armband.
Aubameyang, however, has spoken out against rumours he is looking to leave on multiple occasions this season, writing in programme notes earlier this year: “I would also like to react to some of the rumours that are going around about me in the media.
“People like making up stories and they should focus on what’s happening on the pitch. They talk too much and it does my head in!
“I am the Arsenal captain. I love this club. I am committed to it and desperate to bring it back to the top, where it belongs.”
Nicholas, however, remains concerned any decision over his future could be taken out of his hands if delays over signing a new deal continue.
“I do not think Aubameyang is seeking to leave,” Nicholas told Sporting Life.
“He was only a star at Borussia Dortmund. If he is thinking about leaving, are Manchester United going to give you more opportunities as it stands? I do not think so.
“Would he get into Liverpool’s side? No. Manchester City could be an option so that he could replace Sergio Aguero, but the only alternatives are the two giants of Spain [Barcelona and Real Madrid], but I do not think he is that type.
“If it was City or the two giants, I would accept it, but the rest I cannot be convinced that he would be guaranteed game time.”
Nicholas believes Arsenal’s inability to pin down players is an ongoing concern and that’s why, ultimately, he thinks Aubameyang’s days in a Gunners shirt could be numbered.
“The signs are still promising, but the weakness of Arsenal to deliver contracts is what terrifies me more than anything. My gut feeling is that he will be sold to allow the restructure of Mikel Arteta’s team.”