Arsenal have reportedly attempted to revive contract talks with star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang, 30, has been in excellent form this season, and he currently sits as the Premier League’s joint-leading scorer for 2019/20 with 17 goals in only 25 appearances.
However, doubts have been raised over his future as his contract expires at the end of next season.
Talks over a new deal were shelved before Mikel Arteta took over as head coach last December amid fears over Arsenal’s transfer policy and the likelihood they would miss out on Champions League qualification.
However, they’ve improved under the new boss and have not lost since December 29.
The Times report Arteta is keen to convince Aubameyang, who is understood to paid £200,000-a-week, to sign a new deal.
But a failure to commit would mean the Gunners would have to act quickly and sell or risk losing him on a free when his contract expires in 2021.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville labelled Aubameyang a ‘Premier League great’ after he netted a brace during Sunday’s defeat of Everton.
However, former Gunner and current talkSPORT pundit Ray Parlour disagrees with Neville.
“I think you’ve got to look a bit more at longevity,” the Highbury hero said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“Aguero, Henry, Alan Shearer, Robbie Fowler, all these sort of guys did it year-in, year-out.
“You can’t argue with his [Aubameyang’s] record, and if he hadn’t scored the goals he’s scored this season Arsenal could be very much more in a relegation battle than trying to get in that top five.
“But whether you can call him a Premier League great yet, I’m not sure about that.”
Aubameyang joined Arsenal for £56million from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018. He has 60 Arsenal goals to his name since, a remarkable tally.
His strike partner, Alexandre Lacazette, will have two years left on his contract this summer and has also been the subject of transfer speculation.