Arteta 'positive' Arsenal can find Aubameyang agreement

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Mikel Arteta is confident Arsenal can persuade star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to extend his stay with the club.

The 30-year-old's current deal at Emirates Stadium expires in June 2021 and he told French football programme Telefoot his next move represented a "turning point in my career".

Aubameyang also expressed frustration over the lack of progress on extension talks with Arsenal, where he has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances since joining from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

"We have many discussions with Pierre, his family and his agent. I'm pretty positive we can find the right agreement with all parties," Arteta told a virtual news conference ahead of the Gunners' Premier League return at Manchester City on Wednesday.

"It's our responsibility to make him feel that this is the right next step in his career.

"For us to do that he needs to feel valued. I think he needs to feel that he belongs to us and we want him. and then he really needs to believe that we can take this club forward the way we want to do.

"He's going to be a key player to do that. At the moment I am extremely happy with how he's been performing and behaving.

"I have a really good relationship with him where we can discuss a lot of things face to face. So far, as far as I'm aware, I think he is happy at the club."

In terms of Aubameyang's frustrations over a delay in negotiations, Arteta suggested this could simply be an inevitable consequence of the coronavirus lockdown that made its presence felt throughout elite sport.

"In a different context we would have liked to do things much quicker," he added.

"We were really tight with time and communications as well.

"Obviously these unpreceded times bring a lot of uncertainty. Things are getting clearer and clearer every day that we are getting a step closer to playing football. I'm looking forward to it."