‘He wants to be surrounded by world-class players’: Robin van Persie urges Arsenal to bring in top talent to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang he should stay at the London club
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- Van Persie says signings would persaude Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay
- Aubameyang is expected to sign a new three-year contract with the Gunners
Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has implored the club to make high-profile signings in order to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay.
Aubameyang, who was recently named Arsenal’s player of the season, is expected to sign a new three-year deal with the Gunners having entered the final year of his current contract.
However, he has yet to put pen to paper and van Persie believes that if Aubameyang was surrounded by world-class players it would help him make up his mind to stay.
Robin van Persie says signing stars would encourage Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay
Van Persie told Stats Perform News: ‘Arsenal would like for him to stay, he hasn’t really come out yet with his opinion. He got asked the question after the FA Cup final and he didn’t answer so I don’t know.
‘I don’t know what he thinks, I don’t know what Arsenal have offered him and I’m not really talking about money, I’m more talking about players because players like him want to play with world-class players. He is a world-class player in my opinion, and he wants to be surrounded by world-class players.’
Aubameyang played a pivotal part in Arsenal’s FA Cup success as he scored a brace in both the semi-final against Manchester City and the final against Chelsea.
Van Persie said a player of Aubameyang’s quality should want to win more than the FA Cup
Arsenal have been linked with a host of players including Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho
Van Persie, however, believes that the 31-year-old should be aiming higher and attempting to win the Premier League.
He said: ‘Then you have to ask him, and it’s up to him, if he thinks that he can win the Premier League at Arsenal. Because winning the FA Cup was very nice but these types of players, and Arsenal Football Club, want to compete for the Premier League and the Champions League. That is the big goal. You want to compete with the best teams that there are.
‘I can’t really judge from the outside but you have to just put it in place. Arsenal need to make their mind up and Aubameyang as well and find each other or not.
‘That’s how it is and in the end, part of it now is business and he will calculate that for himself and the club will do as well.’
Arsenal are expected to secure the signing of former Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer. They have also been linked with Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes.
Aubameyang has made a huge impact since he joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, scoring 70 goals in 109 games.
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