Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stays quiet on Arsenal future but Mikel Arteta ‘wants to build Gunners squad around him’

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stays quiet on Arsenal future but Mikel Arteta 'wants to build Gunners squad around him'

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said he was ‘not thinking’ about his Arsenal future following his heroics in the FA Cup final victory.

The captain scored twice as the Gunners came from behind to seal a 2-1 victory over Chelsea at an empty Wembley to seal a 14th FA Cup success.

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His second goal was a delightful chip over Willy Caballero – a finish worthy of winning any Cup final

Aubameyang showed just how important he is to Arsenal at Wembley

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Aubameyang showed just how important he is to Arsenal at Wembley

Christian Pulisic had given the Blues an early lead but Arsenal rallied, Aubameyang tucking home a penalty to level before scoring a sumptuous second-half goal to win it for Arteta’s side.

Aubameyang, who has less than a year to run on his contract and whose future has been in the headlines for months, then dropped the FA Cup trophy in front of his teammates before eventually raising it above his head.

Before that hilarious gaffe, Aubameyang remained coy on his future with the north London club.

He told BT Sport: “I’m really not thinking about this, I just want to enjoy [winning the Cup] with the guys and [to] take the trophy now.”

However, manager Mikel Arteta made it very clear that he wants Aubameyang, 31, to stay.

It would be a major setback for Arteta and Arsenal if they lost Aubameyang

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It would be a major setback for Arteta and Arsenal if they lost Aubameyang

Arteta said: “He knows what I think about him. I want to build the squad around him. I think he wants to stay and it is just about getting the deal done.

“But I think these moments will help him to realise and believe that we are in the right path and he is a big part of that. He is loved by everybody at the club. Hopefully he can continue with us.”

For Arteta, this was a first piece of silverware just eight months into his managerial career.

He was only appointed as Arsenal head coach last December and has had to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, including contracting COVID-19 himself, and constant talk about losing his biggest players.

But he has now won the FA Cup as a player with Arsenal, an assistant at Manchester City, and continued his love affair with the world’s oldest cup competition with Saturday’s success as Gunners boss.

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“I think so,” he replied when asked if this was the greatest moment of his whole career.

“I am really proud of what we have achieved because I know the difficulties and everything we have been through.

“For me personally it has so tough the last six months with a lot of things that have happened in our lives but I had just one mission when I came here and that was to make the players and staff believe we could do it.

“We had to change that energy and that mentality and just by seeing them in the dressing room all together, and the way they enjoy their profession and their time together, it makes me more proud and as a consequence of that after we can achieve things and win titles together.”





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