The Arsenal captain is out of contract in 2021 and was linked to Barcelona and Inter but Ray Parlour who is eager to see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sign a new Arsenal deal has told the striker that ‘no-one is bigger than the club’ as concerns about his future grow.
In his current deal with the Emirates, Aubameyang has only one year left and admitted in a recent interview that he still had to decide whether to extend his stay in northern London.
“I haven’t received a proposal recently, but we’ve had discussions with the club for quite a few months,” said the Gabon International to TF1’s Telefoot program.
“The board knows very well why until now nothing has happened. They’ve got the key. It’s up to them to do their work and then we’re going to see how it goes.
“It’s a turning point in my life and this will be a very tough decision to make, to be honest with everyone. But beware, I still haven’t made my decision. It’ll probably be my most critical career decision.
Barcelona was linked to a possible move this summer for Aubameyang, while Inter is another club that is rumoured to keep a close eye on its situation.
Mikel Arteta has openly expressed his intention to retain the forward ‘at all costs,’ but Arsenal could be forced to consider an offer with the finances of the coronavirus pandemic crippling clubs if a bid for their captain arrives when the transfer window opens.
Gunners legend Parlour-who won three league titles with the club and made 333 Premier League appearances-hopes that an arrangement can be found but acknowledges that the striker, who has complete control over the situation, has now forced Arsenal into a corner.
“Mikel’s going to sit down with him and say, ‘we’re desperate to keep you in the club,’” Parlour told Goal.
“But as a player, if he doesn’t want to stay, and says he wants to play in the Champions League, then you have to make a big decision.
“No-one is bigger than the club, I know he’s a very good player and I’d love to see him stay here, but now the players have the control.
“They can put clubs in corners where they have to make major decisions on whether to retain them and let their contract run out as they did with Aaron Ramsey, or they think ‘how much we can get for him’ and then try to replace him.”
However, the problem facing Arsenal is that the valuation of Aubameyang would have plummeted provided that he has only one year left on his contract and that the coronavirus pandemic has all hit clubs around the world financially.
And if any offers come for their captain, they probably won’t be for the sort of figure the Gunners should have wished for and wouldn’t leave them with anything to reinvest in a replacement.
It is going to leave Arsenal in an incredibly difficult role.
“Financially it would be safer from Arsenal’s point of view if you keep him, as you know he’s an established goal scorer,” Parlour said. “You know he’s settled down, he ‘s playing well for most weeks and if you sell, you have to replace him.
“I don’t know how much he’d worth in the market right now. You see Werner selling for £55 m but people forget that he has his salary on top of that. It’s another £10 m a year if he’s on £200,000 a week so you have to weigh up the whole situation.
“And you never know if who you are buying in to replace him will hit the running ground and if they can handle the Premier League. And he signs a new three to a four-year contract in an optimistic scenario.
“But maybe Aubameyang thinks I’ve got three or four years left at the top level, I want to play football in the Champions League now and Arsenal can’t guarantee that right now.
“The players in this age are generally getting their own way I ‘m afraid. Typically if a player decides to go he leaves. But I trust they will come to an understanding and he will stay.