Arsenal refusing to trigger Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract extension clause

Arsenal have the option to automatically trigger a one-year contract extension for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but have decided against doing so, according to reports.

The Gunners’ top scorer, whose brace against Watford on the final day of the Premier League season took him to 22 goals, is out of contract next summer and Arsenal’s hierarchy have so far been unable to agree fresh terms.

There are fears that the north London club will be required to cash in on Aubameyang this summer if he refuses to put pen to paper, rather than risk losing him for nothing in a year’s time.

However, a fresh report from The Athletic claims Arsenal have a rather stronger position than has previously been portrayed, having included a one-year extension clause in the original deal he signed when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund.

This unilateral option to add another 12 months to Aubameyang’s stay can be triggered now, but, rather surprisingly, Arsenal’s decision makers are refusing to do so.

Firstly, the clause would require Arsenal to meet ‘punishing’ financial conditions, with the salary Aubameyang would receive being far above what they are able to offer him.

Secondly, they do not want to hold a player of Aubameyang’s standing at the club against his will and feel it could be damaging to the team’s reputation.

Despite the bigger salary the automatic extension would bring, it is also felt that Aubameyang himself would benefit more from the security of a longer term contract.

Arsenal are believed to be prepared to give Aubameyang a three-year, £250,000-a-week deal, plus bonuses, to convince him to stay at the Emirates.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is unhappy with the pace of negotiations and wants Aubameyang’s future to be wrapped up as quickly as possible, urging the board to give in to his demands, while the Gabon striker’s decision is not expected to be reliant on Arsenal qualifying for Europe via the FA Cup.

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