Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang only has to sign a new contract if Arsenal spends a lot of money, says Sol Campbell
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang only needs to sign a new contract if Arsenal spends a lot of money because he needs ‘instant success’ due to his age, says Sol Campbell – while urging the striker to demand guarantees from Mikel Arteta
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal contract will expire next summer
- Arsenal tries to convince their captain and striker to sign a new deal
- But Aubameyang is 31 and so has little time in his career to win trophies
- Sol Campbell says Arsenal must live up to Aubameyang’s ambitions to keep it
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang must demand ‘instant success’ from Arsenal if he wants to sign a new contract, club legend Sol Campbell said.
Doubts about Aubameyang’s future hang over the club. Their captain and star striker reportedly claims a salary of £ 250,000 a week before even considering signing a new deal, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan all looking for a cheap transfer next summer.
Due to his age – Aubameyang will be 32 by the time his contract expires in June – Campbell says Gabon’s striker should be reassured that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will make new gains this summer despite the financial blow from the coronavirus pandemic, to put the club back among the elite of the Premier League.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future is unclear: his Arsenal contract will expire next summer and boss Mikel Arteta (right) must convince his star player to sign a new deal
Campbell, who made one of the most controversial moves in English football history when he left Tottenham for free rivals Arsenal in 2001 for a free transfer before becoming one of the legendary Invincibles, has urged Aubameyang to be relentless for a moment. in deciding his own future.
“He needs to settle down and have a conversation with the manager, and he needs to have a clear understanding of what they want to spend, who they’re trying to get in,” said Campbell. Stadium Astro.
“It comes down to trust, can he trust the club to say ‘we’re looking for x, y and z, we’re going to bring in two or three players’, and I think they’ll push us to really challenge for the top four, or actually you never know [with] the premiership.
“He has to sit down with his people and have a serious conversation about where the club is going for the next two or three years, because he doesn’t have five years, six years to say, let’s see how it goes, he almost needs immediate success now.
‘I think that he [Arteta] there is no doubt about that [Aubameyang] must decide for himself where he wants to go in heart and soul and mind. ‘
Aubameyang scored 63 goals in 102 games for Arsenal and by scoring against Norwich, he became the fastest player to score 50 for the club in the Premier League, a feat he achieved in 79 appearances.
Arsenal legend Sol Campbell has urged Aubameyang to demand that the club deliver on its ambitions
AUBAMEYANG’S RECORD AT ARSENAL
2017-18: 14 games, 10 goals
2018-19: 51 games, 31 goals
2019-20: 37 games, 22 goals
Total: 102 games, 63 goals
His own excellence contrasts sharply with Arsenal’s steady decline. The Gunners have regrettably failed to challenge the top four this season, although Saturday’s 2-0 win over Wolves was an impressive statement amid encouraging signs of improvement under Arteta’s rule.
Campbell, who recently left his post as manager of Southend United, admitted that spending a lot of money is no guarantee of success for Arsenal, so Aubameyang has to rely on his instinct whether the club can live up to his own ambitions.
“No one has a crystal ball, it doesn’t matter, you can spend £ 150-200 million, it won’t bring you trophies,” he said.
“It can probably help the profile of the players around you, but it doesn’t necessarily have to win anything.
“Sometimes you have to trust yourself, your own instinct and hope it matches the hierarchy.”