Arsenal told Aubameyang could be a top class striker for four more years

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could have another four years left at the very highest level thanks to sports science, according to former Celtic striker John Hartson.

Aubameyang has found goals easy to come by since arriving at Arsenal two years ago, scoring an impressive 61 in 96 games thus far.

The Gabon international has under 18 months remaining on his contract, and although negotiations have taken place, no progress has seemingly been made on agreeing an extension.

If the 31-year-old refuses to sign a new deal, Arsenal have a choice whether to cash in on him this summer or keep him next season and then lose him on a free transfer.

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Hartson thinks that Aubameyang will continue to be a lethal striker for the next four years but if Arsenal do not qualify for Europe the chances of sign on the dotted line are minimal.

“It’s happened so many times over the years that they’ve allowed good players to run their contracts down and leave for next to nothing,” former Gunners striker Hartson told PA Sport.

“These players are worth a lot of money if they are tied down.

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“So there’s a decision to make on Aubameyang, because if they are going to sell him his best worth is in the summer with a year left on his contract. It’s a big call for Arteta to make so early in his Arsenal tenure.”

Hartson added on the challenge facing Mikel Arteta and Arsenal: “No European football could affect the likes of Aubameyang.

“The best players want to be in the Champions League and he’s a world-class striker. His work-rate is brilliant. He chases lost causes, technically he’s excellent and he scores goals.

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“He’s 30 now, but the way players look after themselves with all the sports science at their disposal these days I expect him to play for some time yet. I feel the shape he’s in he could be a top striker for the next four years at least.

“Arsenal have lots of good youngsters – [Joe] Willock, [Gabriel] Martinelli, [Bukayo] Saka and [Eddie] Nketiah – and that’s why it’s so important to tie Aubameyang down to help them.”

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