‘Aubameyang needs to know what Arsenal will spend’ – Contract call down to ‘trust’, says Campbell

The former Gunners defender believes a prolific striker stalling on fresh terms has to be made alert to recruitment plans in north London

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to be produced aware of Arsenal’s transfer plans before committing to a fresh contract, says Sol Campbell, with extension talks now becoming a matter of “trust”.

A prolific Gabonese frontman is yet to extend his stay at Emirates Stadium beyond summer time of 2021.

Uncertainty regarding his future has led to inevitable exit talk, with Arsenal in no position to let another key man head towards free agency.

Those in north London remain optimistic when it comes to thrashing out fresh terms, but no agreement has been reached as yet and a long-running saga continues to offer an unwelcome distraction.

Campbell believes Aubameyang needs assurances from the Gunners regarding their ambition before putting pen to paper, with the 31-year-old looking to challenge for more major silverware before hanging up his boots.

“He’s got to settle down and have a conversation with the manager and he needs to have a clear understanding of what they’re looking to spend, who they’re trying to get in,” former Arsenal defender Campbell told Stadium Astro.

“It’s going to come down to trust, can that he trust the club to say, ‘right we are trying to find x, y and z, we’re going to bring two or three players in’ and I think they’ll push us on to really challenge for the most notable four, or really there is a constant know [with] the Premiership.

“He needs to sit down with his people and have a serious conversation about where the club is going in the next two or three years, because he hasn’t got five years, six years to say let’s see how it goes, he needs almost instant success now.”

Campbell added: “Sometimes you need to spend big money, but, sometimes you get really lucky and also have a lucky, fantastic year. You’ve got to say Leicester, they just maintained going, it can happen.

“I think he [Mikel Arteta] is trustworthy, there’s without doubt, that he [Aubameyang] has to decide himself where he wants to go in his core and spirit.

“Where does he believe, ‘If I can do it here I’ll just stay here I’ll have a go, I believe they’re going to get several players in and I’ll believe in them.’

“That’s what it comes down to, no one’s got a crystal ball, it doesn’t matter, it is possible to spend £150-200 million, it doesn’t enable you to get any trophies. 

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“It can probably help the profile of the players around you, although not necessarily wind up winning something.

“Sometimes you’ve got to trust yourself, your own instinct and hope it matches up with the hierarchy.”

Aubameyang has remained coy when it comes to his future plans, but Arsenal need to come to a decision quickly on a player who has hit 63 goals for them through 102 appearances.