Reports are suggesting that Arsenal are struggling to secure Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to new contracts, what should the club do to ensure their commitment?
According to Goal’s Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts, the Gunners’ have so far been ‘unsuccessful’ in their attempts to tie key duo Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to new contracts. Watts adds that the club have attempted to secure the dynamic duo’s future for some time now.
Understandably the pair are both keen on playing Champions League football, which explains why they’d want to keep their options open for now.
We are currently sitting fifth in the league, six points away from Leicester and Chelsea, we could go nine points behind our top four rivals if the Foxes defeat us this weekend.
The pair are both club-record signings, with Lacazette joining from Lyon for an initial £46.5m in the summer of 2017 – Aubameyang headed to north London just six months later, for a fee of £56m.
Aubameyang has one-and-a-half-years left on his current contract, Lacazette is tied down at the Emirates for a year longer than his strike partner.
They’ve both played extremely well for the Gunners, but I believe our massive investment into the duo will almost be wasted if we fail to qualify for the Champions League over the next two seasons and they decide to leave.
The link up play between the duo is a real sight to behold, there’s no doubting that both stars are world class.
Unai Emery needs to figure out a way – and quickly, to get the cogs around the superstars in full motion if we’re to qualify for the Champions League this season.
We do have the chance to win a spot in Europe’s elite club competition by winning the Europa League – but being triumphant in a potential final is much more difficult than it seems.