Mikel Arteta wants Aubameyang to commit to Arsenal
Mikel Arteta wants Aubameyang to commit to Arsenal
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Mikel Arteta wants Aubameyang to commit to Arsenal

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is hoping that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will ignore interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs and commit his future to Arsenal. 

Aubameyang has one year left on his contract and has attracted strong interest from top clubs with Barcelona openly coveting the free-scoring centre forward. 

The Gabonese captain showed his worth to the Gunners when on Sunday notched twice to help Arsenal register a 3-2 win over Everton at The Emirates. His two strikes took his goal tally of the season to 17 and he's now joint top scorer with Leicester City's Jamie Vardy. 

"They're completely right to want him because he's a superb player. It's right that the big teams like him. Hopefully, we can convince him this is right place to be," Arteta told reporters.

"He is our most important player, no doubt the impact he has in this team. We will have to convince him to stay with us."

Right stage

The Sunday's win was Arteta's third win under his reign and helped Arsenal move to ninth on the log as they chase European football next season. Arsenal hopes of Champions League football remained dim and they will have to ensure they qualify for continental football next season to give a right stage for their stars to perform on. 

"He wants to play in the biggest competitions with the best players. We have to help him do that. He needs to feel fulfilled," the Spaniard added.

"Before I took over I had my questions about him but he's shown his commitment.

"I'm so happy with him. He is scoring important goals and as a captain, he is giving a great example to everyone else with the way he's working defensively."

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