Arsenal as a football club are faced with two major challenges and they are both important and highly linked with one another.

The Gunners have the FA Cup final to play. Winning the trophy will mean going home with honour and more to it is handing the team qualification to the Europa League as Arsenal’s only hope of European Football next season.

The second challenge is the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that is yet to be sorted by the club with the 31-year-old having a year left to run out his current contract with the club.

Playing in Europe remains a big boost of keeping the club’s season highest goal scorer as a player with that quality cannot afford missing out of European football at any level. Arsenal will also be able to able to negotiate their £250,000-a-week deal for the Gabon international as they are sure something is available to compete for.

However, should the Gunners fail to win the FA Cup, keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be much more difficult because he might not remain without European football despite his love for the club.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has established himself as one of the best strikers in the Premier League, having scored 22 league goals in two consecutive seasons for Arsenal. He is highly needed by manager Mikel Arteta.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.