Ian Wright believes that securing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future will be more important than any signing for Arsenal.
One player whose future remains unclear, though, is captain Aubameyang. The striker is in the final year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, and has been reluctant to confirm if he is staying.
There is belief, though, that Aubameyang is close to committing his future to Arsenal. And former striker Wright thinks that will be a huge uplift for the club and player.
“To be honest, I think he will be the most significant signing Mikel [Arteta] can make,” Wright told Good Morning Britain.
“We do need to make that happen, simply because of what he brings to that team. When you look at the chances created for Arsenal, they were 16th in the league and he still scored the amount of goals he scored.
“So if you can imagine, we can start creating more with the players we have signed – the Willians and people like that – then he is going to score more goals. It is imperative that he signs.”
Wright impressed with Arteta
Arsenal failed to finish in the European places for the first time this century last season. However, their form improved under Arteta – who ensured they would still get to compete in the Europa League by leading them to glory in the FA Cup.
The Gunners have also recently won the Community Shield under Arteta’s stewardship. Wright believes the club are heading in the right direction under their current manager.
“When you look at our manager he is a very focused, driven guy and knows exactly what Arsenal are about,” he said.
“When you look at the transformation and culture change under Mikel Arteta, you have to say we are on the right track and that is the only thing you want to worry about right now.
“It is still a long way to go with what other teams are doing at the moment – you look what Chelsea are doing, Man City are doing and what Liverpool are going to do, what Man United are going to do.
“We have to just worry, as Arsenal, what we are doing and the slow progress we are making at the moment.”