This weekend, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mikel Arteta took part in discussions with other Premier League managers and captains over a wage reduction.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal talk following their sides victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal talk following their sides victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Goal report Arteta and Aubameyang took part in a conference call led by Jordan Henderson, aiming to find a deal to reduce wages and donate to the NHS. Discussions went on throughout last week.

Aubameyang has stayed in contact with the rest of the Arsenal squad too, who are reportedly ‘very engaged’ on the current debate.

When football does return, getting Aubameyang to pen a new contract should be a priority. Particularly when SportsBettingDime¬†found that it’s Manchester United of all teams who are most likely to pry him away, with the Red Devils having odds of 4/1 to land the striker if he were to leave.

For the time being, however, the focus is on the coronavirus crisis. Despite the way politicians are trying to portray footballers, it does seem like their intentions on the issue are good.

The main problem is that they don’t seem to have an obvious unified stance to rally behind. No one wants to take action too hastily, only to look bad when everyone else later comes to a different conclusion.

At the same time, the longer this drags on, the easier it is for the likes of Matt Hancock to distract from the billionaires he should be calling on for help to use footballers as a scapegoat instead. The players need to try and find a positive solution as soon as possible.