‘I am really happy’: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists he wants to stay at Arsenal despite £300,000-a-week contract dispute
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has given Arsenal supporters a boost by declaring that he is ‘really happy’ at the club, despite speculation over his future.
The 30-year-old remains in talks with the Gunners over extending his stay in north London but those negotiations remain at a loggerheads.
Aubameyang has scored 20 goals in 32 games across all competitions for Arsenal this season and the striker has hinted that he would like to continue that moving forward.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he is ‘really happy’ at Arsenal despite doubts over his future
He remains in talks with Arsenal over a new deal – with his current one expiring next summer
‘It means a lot (to play here),’ he told Arsenal’s official club website. ‘When I was younger I used to watch Arsenal because they always had great players and they won trophies as well.
‘I think it is really a pleasure to be here, I am really happy – that’s my feeling.’
As revealed by Sportsmail though, Aubameyang’s £300,000-a-week wage demands are likely to force Arsenal to sell him this summer., Aubameyang’s £300,000-a-week wage demands are likely to force Arsenal to sell him this summer.
The Gabon striker is in talks over a new contract and his demands represent more than a 30 per cent increase on his existing deal, which would have netted him £200,000 a week if he met every bonus target, an impossibility given Arsenal are ninth in the Premier League and have just the FA Cup to go for.
Arsenal will struggle to afford such a contract so are increasingly resigned to selling Aubameyang at the end of the season, when he enters the last 12 months of his deal.
Aubameyang has scored 20 goals in 32 games across all competitions for Arsenal this season