Arteta calls for Aubameyang talks

English Premier League

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is calling on the club’s hierarchy to begin contract talks with star forward Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.

The Gabon international is the Premier League’s joint-top scorer with 17 goals and has been linked with an exit at the end of the season.

Aubameyang has just one year remaining on his contract and given the side’s 10th-place position, the club could be in for a tough battle to tie him down with no European football in sight.

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“We will have to [hold talks] at some stage before the end of the season for sure and we will see the intentions that we have [and] his intentions,” Arteta said during his press briefing on Thursday.

“Where we are sitting in [the table at] that moment, I think it is difficult to predict that context right now. For me, it is very easy. I want to keep him under any circumstances,” added the Spaniard.

Aubameyang joined forces with the Gunners in January 2018 following a 56 million pound move from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

Gent striker Jonathan David is said to have been earmarked as a potential replacement for the pacey forward should he decide to depart The Emirates in the not too distant future.

David, a Canadian international, has been in red-hot form for the Belgian side this season with 27 goals and 10 assists.