Arteta admits Auba could leave Arsenal

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may not be an Arsenal player at the start of the 2020/21 Premier League season, according to coach Mikel Arteta.

The Gabon superstar has developed into the Gunners' attacking talisman since making a then club-record £56-million deadline day transfer from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

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With 52 goals in 82 games across all competitions the 31-year-old beat club legend Thierry Henry's record for the half-century goals milestone and was named captain shortly before Arteta's arrival.

However, fresh after helping the club oust Manchester City for a place in the FA Cup final with a goal in the 2-0 win at Wembley this weekend, Arteta admits that his long-term future is still up in the air.

With the Gunners missing out on European football next season, Aubameyang has been linked with FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.

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"When I was talking about the uncertain things that we have on the table, obviously he is one of them," he said ahead of their clash against Aston Villa, as per the club's website.

"There is another one of where we are going to finish and whether we are going to be playing in Europe or not which is going to have an impact, and there is all of this situation, the market and how it’s going to develop.

"With Auba, I think I've been very clear with what I want. The quicker we do it for me personally the better because the player will be more focused, more determined and more calm, but we have to respect the timings as well and the needs that the football club has."