Arsenal must do whatever it takes to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at the Emirates, even if it means a new £500,000-a-week contract. That is according to former Arsenal player Perry Groves.
For the umpteenth time, Aubameyang underlined his importance to Arsenal with two goals in the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday.
And the Arsenal captain led from the front to lift his first trophy with the club.
Aubameyang has headed to France for a break after a gruelling period of matches since the resumption of football.
The 31-year-old is understood to have asked Arsenal for a deal worth around £250,000-a-week.
Mesut Ozil’s dramatic drop in form since signing his £350,000-a-week deal in January 2018 means there is a concern among the hierarchy about approving another sizeable contract amid their financial troubles.
While Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be keen for Aubameyang’s situation to be resolved as soon as possible and not disrupt their preparations for the new season.
But Groves is adamant Arsenal must break the bank to keep hold of their star man.
“I don’t care, as an Arsenal fan, and I know we’re in difficult financial times,” Groves told talkSPORT.
“If they said, ‘Aubameyang’s on £400,000 a week, £500,000 a week,’ it wouldn’t bother me at all because some players warrant it.
“Some players warrant it and he does because he delivers.
“Fans get the hump with players who are on a lot of money and don’t deliver and don’t look like they care.
“The thing that’s happened now is winning the FA Cup gives the belief to that group of players that the manager knows what he’s talking about. They’ll buy into him quicker.
“And going to the board and saying to Mr Kronke, ‘Right, I’ve had half a season here, I’ve changed the culture because the culture was too lackadaisical, everybody was too comfortable.’
“Saying, ‘I want five or six out, which is gonna be difficult, but you’ve gotta back me now, you’ve gotta back me.’
“And if we hadn’t have won yesterday, without the money in the Europa League, that could’ve affected us for the next three to five seasons.”