Arsenal are on the verge of announcing a contract extension for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after agreeing a three-year deal and Mikel Arteta has told any worried fans to ‘relax’.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal lifts the Community Shield Trophy following his team's victory in during the FA Community Shield final between Arsenal and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on August 29, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Tallis/ pool via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal lifts the Community Shield Trophy on August 29, 2020. (Photo by Justin Tallis/ pool via Getty Images)

ESPN report that Arsenal should finally announce a new contract for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the ‘next few days’. That was a few days ago. The announcement is expected imminently.

We’d hoped, if all went according to plan, that we would get the announcement before the Premier League kicked off this weekend when Arsenal traveled to Fulham. That was according to multiple reports.

Speaking to the media before the game against Fulham, Mikel Arteta was asked about the situation.

“I can say that I am even more confident than I was at the end of last season when you asked me the same question 10 times!” Arteta said.

“I am very optimistic. I think [those fans who are worried] can be pretty relaxed!”

Aubameyang has agreed a three-year deal with the club worth £250,000-a-week but that could go as high as £350kpw+ with bonuses:

ESPN reported something similar earlier in the month, but at that stage they claimed there were still some minor issues to resolve before the striker put pen to paper. It appears they’ve now sorted the final details and are ready to make it official.

It’s certainly not the first time we’ve heard that an announcement is almost imminent. Sky’s Mario Giunta said the same thing before the Community Shield. But Sky often seem to jump the gun on these things.

You hope Arsenal are aiming to announce it before the first game of the season. It gives the squad a bit of a boost knowing Aubameyang is sticking around and takes away the looming distraction of negotiations.

Ian Wright: Auba signing ‘best signing’ of the summer for Arsenal

Speaking on Match of the Day on BBC One on Saturday night, Ian Wright, said, “He will be their best signing.

“I’m going to go and see papa Aubameyang tomorrow. They have to sign him. It’s as simple as that.”

Alan Shearer then asked him: “Will you take him the contract yourself?”.

Wright replied: “If I have to! We have to sign that guy.”

Where does Aubameyang rank on Arsenal’s all-time greatest goalscorers list?

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) celebrates scoring their third goal with Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage in London on September 12, 2020. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) celebrates scoring their third goal with Arsenal’s Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage in London on September 12, 2020. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP)

Aubameyang is currently ninth highest goalscorer in the history of Arsenal, moving ahead of Freddie Ljungberg with his goal against Fulham. He needs just another eight goals to equal Alexis Sanchez’s 80.

Arsenal’s top 10 all-time goalscorers

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates scoring during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium on January 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 09: Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates scoring during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium on January 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

1. Thierry Henry – 228
2. Ian Wright – 149
3. Robin van Persie – 132
4. Dennis Bergkamp – 109
5. Theo Walcott – 108
6. Olivier Giroud – 105
7. Robert Pires 85
8. Alexis Sanchez – 80
9. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang* – 72
10. Freddie Ljungberg – 71

*still playing at Arsenal

With Auba expected to stay at Arsenal for another three years, if we estimate he will score 20-a-year at the club, a conservative estimate for sure, he would equal Robin van Persie’s total. The smart money is on Aubameyang to knock the Dutch Skunk out of the top three.