• Manager says best player must not finance improvements
  • Arteta: ‘I feel Auba wants to continue with us’

Mikel Arteta has warned that Arsenal must not sell their prize assets if they want to improve, with their prospects of building a side that can challenge the Premier League’s leading lights still hanging on how they fare over the final six games of the season.

It appeared to be a clear message from Arteta that Arsenal need to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in particular, if they are to develop along the lines he wishes. Arteta reiterated his confidence that Aubameyang, who is out of contract in June 2021, will join Bukayo Saka in signing a new deal with the club but he knows they are operating on a financial tightrope, with the consequences likely to be particularly severe if they do not qualify for next season’s European competitions.

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