Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that the love of the Arsenal fans means he is more than happy at the club. And the supporters’ affection for the striker could even help the goal ace decide to stay at the Emirates Stadium amid a whirlwind of speculation that he is poised to demand a move.
Various media outlets along with social media conversations would lead you to believe that Gabon ace Aubameyang is considering a switch from north London in the summer given that his contract is up in around 18 months. It has been written that Gunners chief Mikel Arteta would like to cash in on the hotshot once the season concludes rather than allow him to see out his deal and leave on a free.
Rumour has it that Aubameyang is willing to pen a new contract with Arsenal but that this new arrangement would see him collect a weekly wage in the region of around £300,000 and that the club would baulk at such a significant contract.
Yet amid all of the speculation, Aubameyang has come out and told of his happiness and contentment at the club — leading many to predict that he will stay put and may even see out his playing days at the club.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he cited the glaring miss in the dying seconds of the Europa League defeat at home to Olympiakos as an example of needing the love of Gooners. He thought he might be castigated for the error, but says the love he was shown convinces him that he has their full support.
“It means a lot to play here. 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.
“I love the fans here. On my Insta, I am happy I have them because after this miss against Olympiakos everyone could say ‘he killed us today’ but instead everybody sent me messages to say, ‘keep your head up’ and stuff like that, so I am just happy to have them and happy with them.”
Meanwhile, Arteta is said to be keen on recruiting RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer after watching him play so well in the Germans’ victory over north London so-called rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Sabitzer, who is 25, scored twice in the 3-0 win over the enjoyably lacklustre Lillywhites (the aggregate scored was a very heartening 4-0) and so far this term he has managed to nab 15 goals in all competitions and has seven assists to his name, too.