Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang decision ‘already made’ as Arsenal warned of major problem

Alan Shearer believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has “already made” a decision on his future at Arsenal. The Gunners hotshot has entered the final year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium and talks over an extension have dragged on for a number of months.

It has been suggested Aubameyang could quit the club if they are unsuccessful against Chelsea in the FA Cup as it would mean a whole season outside of European competition.

Mikel Arteta came out fighting before the Wembley clash, insisting it would not be the 31-year-old’s final match for Arsenal even if they were to lose.

“No, I don’t have that fear,” Arteta said. “What I said is it’s a package at the end. You need a lot of ingredients on the table to persuade a player of his level to be at this football club.

“Don’t forget that he still has a contract here with us. We wanted to keep him and do it in a more long-term way but at the moment he’s with us and I think he should be really proud of where he is as well.”

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And Premier League legend Shearer believes the outcome of the match is unlikely to influence Aubameyang’s thinking.

“I think his decision’s already made,” he said on Match of the Day. “I don’t know, I’m just guessing.

“I think it’s irrelevant if they win it today that his mind is made up, it’s made up already I think.”

Shearer – the Premier League’s record all-time goalscorer – is an admirer of Aubameyang and believes it is nigh-on impossible to source an adequate replacement within their restricted budget, which has been impacted by the coronavirus crisis and the prospect of a fourth season outside of the Champions League.

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“You can’t not be anything other than a huge fan of his,” he said.

“68 in 108 games is an incredible record and if, which obviously he does, Mikel Arteta wants to get Arsenal back to where they want to be then I think he is definitely key to that.

“If he goes it costs an absolute fortune to get someone in – not only their salary but the transfer fee as well.”

Arsenal limped to eighth place in the Premier League table, despite Aubameyang contributing 22 goals in the campaign, which saw him agonisingly fall shoot in the Golden Boot race.

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