MIKEL ARTETA claimed he is feeling “pretty positive” that Arsenal can reach an agreement to extend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s deal.
The 30-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from North London as his current deal is set to expire next summer.
Mikel Arteta insisted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to feel ‘valued’ at the club
But Arteta has insisted the Gabon international is “very happy” at the club as talks over his future continue.
The Arsenal boss told Sky Sports: “We have many discussions with Pierre, with his family and his agent.
“I’m pretty positive we can find the right agreement for all parties.
“It is our responsibility to make him feel this is the right next step in his career.
“In order to do that he needs to feel valued.
“He needs to feel like he belongs to us and we want him.
“He really needs to believe we can take this club forward in the way we want to do and he’s going to be a key player to do that.
“I’m extremely happy with how he’s performing and behaving.
“I have a really good relationship with him and we can discuss face to face a lot of things and I think he’s very happy at the club.
“We would like have liked to do things much quicker but our hands have been tied with time and communication. These unprecedented times bring a lot of uncertainty.”
Aubameyang has attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
He has been a huge hit for the Gunners since he made the move to Premier League in 2018 from Dortmund.
The 31-year-old is the club’s top scorer this season after finding the net 20 times for Arteta’s side – who are ninth in the table.
Aubameyang confirmed he is yet to receive a contract offer from the club as he admitted this is a “turning point” in his career.
Gunners veteran Ian Wright has warned the former Bundesliga star against leaving Arsenal this summer.