Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to enter the final year of his Arsenal contract.
The Gabon international has been the brightest part of an otherwise difficult Arsenal season, with 13 goals in 20 league appearances. But with his contract situation unresolved, he could be on his way out, either this coming summer or potentially even next month.
There is chatter that Aubameyang could be ready to force a move even as soon as this coming winter window, and combined with his soon-to-expire contract, the stage is set for a potential showdown. The 30-year-old could look to find a new home, one with a Champions League place, as the Gunners have not made an appearance in Europe’s top competition since the 2016/17 season and Aubameyang’s goal record suggests he would have no shortage of suitors at the highest level. Arsenal sits 12th in the Premier League table, 11 points off the top four, and they drew Greek side Olympiakos in the Europa League Round of 32 needing to win the competition to guarantee a place at next year’s Champions League.
Still, Arsenal certainly knows that keeping Aubameyang should be a top priority, and that while there are plenty of holes to fill on the Gunners’ squad (see: defense), his departure would create yet another massive opening. According to The Express, Aubameyang makes $262,000 a week on his current Arsenal wages, making him the second-highest earner in the squad behind Mesut Ozil.
Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in the winter of 2018. He reportedly forced his way out of the German squad, refusing to train or play until the team sent him on his way. Could he use that same tactic again to see his way out of The Emirates, potentially this winter?