Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has responded to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s latest contract comments.
Aubameyang, with a year to run on his current deal, is still no closer to making a decision on his future. And over the weekend, he challenged Arsenal to convince him to stay.
Yet despite pressure on Arsenal from Aubameyang, Arteta is adamant he does not have to convince anyone to stay at the club.
“We have a very clear plan of what we want to do from now on,” the Arsenal boss told Premier League Productions.
“The players know where the club is standing and we are moving in the right direction.”
However, Arteta admits reaching the Champions League places could be key to keeping his captain.
“Financially for the club the fact that in the last three years we haven’t had any Champions League it puts the club in a very difficult position,” Arteta added.
“We have a structure that is designed to be in the Champions League so when we don’t have that financially it creates a lot of issues and instability. But that’s the situation we are facing.
“We have ten games to go, we have to go full gas and get as high as possible in the table.”