Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has stopped negotiating new contract terms with Arsenal as he wants to leave, according to The Mirror.
Aubameyang is ready to leave next summer with his current contract expiring in 18 months. Arsenal were in discussions about a contract extension but the Gabon striker has pulled out of these talks.
Instead, he wants a new challenge. It looks like this will be the final season at Arsenal as their form continues to stutter under caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg. Unless something drastic changes, Aubameyang will be seeking an exit as he wants to play Champions League football.
The 30-year-old will be very hard to replace. Since joining from Borussia Dortmund, Aubameyang has scored 53 goals in just 83 matches. This includes 12 strikes in 18 matches this season.
Aubameyang will not be short of suitors if he becomes available next summer. But Arsenal could be under pressure to sell because he will be entering the final year of his contract.
At the moment, Arsenal are not matching Aubameyang’s ambition. The Gunners skipper wants to be winning trophies and playing Champions League football.
But instead, Arsenal are in mid-table and on a long winless run. The only way to keep Aubameang is to prove the ambition with the managerial appointment, new signings and an upturn in form.