Mikel Arteta gives Arsenal fans update on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract

Mikel Arteta gave fans a huge update over the future of Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he revealed a new contract was “close”.

Aubameyang once again proved he is a core component for the Gunners as he scored their only goal and slotted home the winning penalty in the Community Shield as Arsenal edged out Liverpool on penalties.

The Gabon forward is yet to decide on his future as his contract expires at the Emirates Stadium in less than 12 months, causing much unrest in north London.

But Arteta offered a huge ray of hope with his comments after the victory at Wembley.

“Big games, big moments, big players,” the Spaniard said of his captain. “He is responding really well to that kind of pressure.

“He was magnificent in the FA Cup final and he was magnificent again today.”

“We are close [to a deal].”

Aubameyang was less open with his own comments, though he did hint that there could be some big news dropping in the coming days.

“We're going to see in these [next few] days,” he told BT Sport. “Today we take the trophy, that's it. We are improving.

“There is still work to do but I'm really happy and it's an exciting time to be an Arsenal player.”

Arteta also hinted that there could be more arrivals at Arsenal this summer, but insisted he was happy with his team in general.

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He added: “We are working with the club to try to achieve what we planned, but we know that the market is what it is.

“I am happy with the squad that I have and my job is to make them better.

“The courage of the team [impressed me], how aggressive we were without the ball, how well we made the decisions to break the pressure of Liverpool and put some issues against them in the back line that they have.”

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