Arsenal’s hope their strong relationship with father agent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will convince him to sign a new contract.’

The 30-year-old striker, who’s scored 20 goals this season for the Gunners, will be able to leave next summer for nothing.

Extending Aubameyang’s current deal beyond 2021 has yet to be a breakthrough but Arsenal remains optimistic.

The club has good lines of communication with Aubameyang ‘s father and intermediary Pierre-Francois, and retains hope that he will stay, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Gabon International, the winner of last season’s Premier League Golden Boot, has been linked in recent months to Real Madrid and Barcelona. It means Arsenal has to decide whether to cash in this summer or risk losing him in another 12 months ‘ time for nothing.

With the Covid-19 crisis affecting Arsenal ‘s finances like any club worldwide, they are giving priority to extending Aubameyang ‘s deal rather than buying a new striker this summer.

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Pierre-Francois’s name was on papers at the Football Association when his son signed a £56million contract in 2018 with Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund.

Aubameyang Snr was also a forward who played for his nation Gabon and for the French club’s Le Havre, Toulouse, Nice, and Rouen 80 times as well.

In total, throughout his time at the Emirates Stadium, Pierre-Emerick scored 61 times in 97 matches and will be key to their hopes of qualifying for Europe as the season resumes.

The London club currently sits ninth in the standings, eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea.

However, they are five points off Manchester United in fifth with a game in hand and if Manchester City is disqualified, it may be enough to qualify for Europe’s top competition. This week their appeal against the ruling that they breached FFP rules will be held.

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