PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has been urged to seek assurances about Arsenal’s ability to have “instant success” before signing a new deal.
Gunners legend Sol Campbell reckons the club’s current skipper will need to be satisfied that the North London side are willing to make strides in the transfer market in order to move forward.
The Gabon international is in the last year of his existing deal and there has been plenty of speculation about where his future lies.
The 31-year-old’s form on the field – he has bagged 19 Premier League goals so far this campaign – has drawn interest from European giants Barcelona, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
The latest reports suggest Aubameyang is demanding a new bumper contract worth £250,000 a week in order to remain at the Emirates.
Campbell told Stadium Astro: “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.
“It’s going to come down to trust, can he trust the club to say, ‘right we are looking for 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 top four, or really you never 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 parted ways with Southend United on Tuesday in order to avoid becoming a financial burden on the club who were relegated from League One on points-per-game after coronavirus curtailed the season.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side are likely to be limited as to how much they can splash out in the upcoming window amid Covid-19.
But even if the Gunners are able to make a number of signings, Campbell has warned it does not always lead to winning trophies.
He added: “Sometimes you need to spend a lot of money, but, sometimes you get really lucky and have a lucky, fantastic year. You’ve got to say Leicester, they just kept on going, it does happen.
“I think he [Arteta] is trustworthy, there’s no doubt, he [Aubameyang] has to decide himself where he wants to go in his heart and soul and spirit.”
Campbell made clear the onus is on Aubameyang to act on his feelings before deciding his all-important next move.
He explained: “Where does he feel that, ‘If I can do it here I’ll just stay here I’ll give it a go, I believe they’re going to get two or three 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, you can spend £150-200 million, it doesn’t bring you any trophies.
“It can probably help the profile of the players around you, but not necessarily end up winning something.
“Sometimes you’ve got to trust yourself, your own instinct and hope it matches up with the hierarchy.”