Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the hero of Arsenal’s FA Cup success, but there are still question marks whether he will be with the Gunners next season.
With just one more year left on his current contract at the Emirates, there has been mounting speculation that the Gabon international could move on this summer, as Arsenal (9/2 – Top Four Finish 2020-21) fear losing him for free.
The man himself, having scored both goals in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Chelsea at Wembley, insisted there was nothing to say on the situation.
But Arteta remains optimistic that his captain will stay and that will allow him to build for the future knowing that the prolific Aubameyang is still part of his plans.
The Spaniard insisted: “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.
“I hope there will be news (next week). Everything is based on my conversations with him, how he sees his future and what I expect from him and the team that I want to build around him.”
The 31-year-old, who became only the second player in Arsenal history to score two goals for the club in an FA Cup final, got to lift the trophy and the Gunners hope that experience will persuade him to stay.
Arteta has become the first Arsenal manager since George Graham to win a trophy in his first season in charge, but the Premier League title odds show the work he still has to do to make the Gunners contenders for other silverware again.