Aubaemyang struck twice to see off Chelsea and lift his first trophy as Arsenal captain – but then declined to confirm he will remain at the club
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang refused to commit his future to Arsenal despite firing them to FA Cup glory.
The Gabon forward struck twice to cancel out Christian Pulisic’s opener at Wembley yesterday and lift his first trophy as Arsenal captain.
But when asked whether the victory meant he would remain at the club next season, Aubameyang was non-commital.
“I’m really not thinking about this. I just want to enjoy this with the guys and take the trophy,” he told BT Sport.
“I think we deserved the win. Everyone gave their best today for the team and yeah, we deserve it. The journey has been long but today we’re enjoying this great game.”
That would leave Arsenal shorn of their firepower up front with only Europa League football to dangle in front of potential replacements.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, however, hopes to convince his star striker to lead his rebuilding job.
“He needs more experience with trophies, we can get him more used to that,” Arteta joked when asked about Aubameyang’s trophy gaffe.
“He knows what I think about him. I want to build the squad around him. I think he wants to stay and it is just about getting the deal done.
“But I think these moments will help him to realise and believe that we are in the right path and he is a big part of that. He is loved by everybody at the club. Hopefully he can continue with us.”
For Arteta, this was a first piece of silverware just eight months into his managerial career.
He was only appointed as Arsenal head coach in December and has had to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, including contracting COVID-19 himself, and constant talk about losing his biggest players.
But he has now won the FA Cup as a player with Arsenal, an assistant at Manchester City and continued his love affair with the world’s oldest cup competition with Saturday’s success as Gunners boss.
“I think so,” he replied when asked if this was the greatest moment of his whole career.
“I am really proud of what we have achieved because I know the difficulties and everything we have been through.
“For me personally it has so tough the last six months with a lot of things that have happened in our lives but I had just one mission when I came here and that was to make the players and staff believe we could do it.
“We had to change that energy and that mentality and just by seeing them in the dressing room all together, and the way they enjoy their profession and their time together, it makes me more proud and as a consequence of that after we can achieve things and win titles together.”