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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Mikel Arteta hopes to convince striker to stay at Arsenal

Arsenal 3-2 Everton: Arteta ‘really happy’ after ‘physically demanding’ game

Mikel Arteta hopes he can convince Arsenal’s “most important player” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at the club after he scored twice to help the Gunners to a 3-2 win over Everton.

Aubameyang now has 19 goals this season and 60 in 95 games for the London club.

It has been reported that he wants to play in the Champions League next season and has been linked with a move.

“Before I took over I had my questions about him but he has shown his commitment,” said Arteta.

“I wanted him to show if he wanted to do it and do it physically.

“I’m so happy with him. He is scoring important goals and as a captain he is giving a great example to everyone else with the way he is working defensively.”

Aubameyang’s current contract runs until the summer of 2021.

He has been linked with a transfer to Barcelona