Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been urged to sign a new contract at the Emirates by his team-mate Ainsley Maitland-Niles. However, the Gunners’ top goalscorer this season laughed off the message.
Aubameyang, 31, is out of contract next summer, meaning Arsenal could be forced to cash in on the Gabon international if a new deal isn’t agreed.
This summer will likely be the final chance for the Gunners to receive a sizeable fee for their star man – or risk losing him for free next year.
Aubameyang netted twice in Arsenal’s 4-0 win against Norwich on Wednesday evening, taking his Premier League goal tally to 51.
The striker took to Instagram to celebrate his achievement of becoming the fastest Arsenal player to reach 50 Premier League goals.
Maitland-Niles responded to Aubameyang’s post, urging the forward to pen a new deal.
“Sign the contract bruh, stop posting fofty [laughing emoji] [heart],” he said.
Instead of committing his future to Arsenal, Aubameyang responded with a smiling emoji and laughing emoji’s.
Aubameyang was asked about his future after his Arsenal team-mate Bukayo Saka signed a new long-term deal to stay at the Emirates.
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However the forward remained coy, insisting talks are ongoing.
He said: “I know, I know! I’m really happy that Bukayo signed da ting!
“Now we’ll see, we’ll talk with the club and we’ll see what’s going to happen.
“First of all I’m really focused on the games and this end of the season. So we’ll see.
“Since Mikel is in we’re doing well. We’re working very well. We have good signs that we’re improving.”
Despite Aubameyang refusing to give anything away over his future, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta remains positive the Gunners star could stay.
“[He’s] A player that is able to score as many goals as he has in that short a space of time tells you everything about his importance to us,” the Spaniard said.
“We need players that can make the difference in any moment of the game every three days in different competitions.
“That’s a big task to have and he’s done that at different clubs. He’s willing to stay with us. He’s really happy where he is. He can see what we’re trying to do.
“Hopefully he can evolve as well, some parts of his game that he can improve. We’re pushing him every day towards that.
“How many goals can he score? Hopefully at least another 100! I don’t know, I’m not a magician.
“What he has achieved today to be the fastest to score 50 in the history of this football club tells you everything about his mentality and the way he works every day on his finishing and helping the team.
“He decided to be better and better every day so hopefully we can keep him here for a longer period.”
When asked if a new deal will be done before the season ends, Arteta added: “I don’t know. I leave that to the football club and the senior people that drive those contracts.
“Auba knows really well my thoughts towards him, the project I want to create and that I want him in that.
“I am positive and I will remain positive we can keep him here for many years, but things have to progress.”
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