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I Hope FA Cup Victory Will Convince Aubameyang To Stay – Arteta

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Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, hopes victory at the FA cup final would convince the club captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to extend his contract with the club.

The Gabonese international just has a year left on his deal at the Emirates and with Arsenal having financial difficulties it would be appropriate to cash in on the striker if he fails to extend his deal.

Despite his strike rate as one of Europe’s deadliest forwards over the past six years, Aubameyang has just two major trophies to his name with cup wins at St Etienne and Borussia Dortmund.

Arteta who won two FA Cup with Arsenal believes a victory over Chelsea would convince Aubameyang to trust the club are going in the right direction.

“No, I don’t have that feeling,” said Arteta on Friday when asked if Saturday’s clash could be Aubameyang’s final game for the club.”

“It’s a package at the end. You need to have a lot of ingredients on the table to persuade a player of his level to be at this football club.”

“Don’t forget that he still has a contract here with us. We want to do it in a long-term, at the moment he’s with us and he should be really proud of where he is.”

“Winning a trophy helps to really believe and feel ‘wow’, I want more of these moments. If you are wearing the armband and able to lift that cup, it is such a moment. This is going to help for sure.”

Winning a trophy in his first season in management would also be a huge bonus for Arteta to prove he can restore Arsenal’s former glories.

“It generates trust when you win titles,” he added. “It generates moments when together you go through some good emotions.”

“It brings everybody together, you have memories, there is a lot of things about winning a trophy that is so positive for any group and when you are in a process of (development) that makes it even more important, so we have a great opportunity tomorrow, let’s go for it.”

Beating their London rivals behind closed doors at Wembley would also ensure Arsenal do not miss out on European football next season for the first time since 1995/96 by qualifying for the Europa League.

“It’s a final, the only focus is on winning that trophy tomorrow,” said Arteta.

“Financially it would be really helpful and on the sporting side, to play European football for this club is a must.”

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