Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his first, and second goals against Manchester City on Saturday to ensure Arsenal reached their 21st FA Cup final, but will that be enough to convince him to stay?
As we all know, Auba is out of contract next summer.
The club want him to stay, the fans want him to, too. But does the player? That’s what matters.
Aubameyang knows this is his last chance for a big contract and if his dreams of playing in Spain are to be realised it is very much a case of ‘now or never’.
Under Unai Emery there would be no question. As soon as this season is over, Auba would be off. But can the Gabon forward now see a future that is unfolding at Arsenal, especially after back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Manchester City?
“Hopefully it will help him to be more convinced we are going in the right direction,” Arteta said after the game. “The way I look at him when I speak with him, he sounds pretty convinced.
“Obviously, if he can see that success and the direction we are taking is the right one, I think he will be more positive about it.
“I am really happy with the last four or five days. We have beaten probably the best two teams in Europe.”
Auba now has 25 goals this season in 41 appearances.
In total, since arriving at Arsenal, he has scored 66 goals, with 14 assists in 106 games – a slightly better return than during his time at Dortmund on a goals-per-game basis.