Arsenal are moving to secure the long-term future of their lethal strike force Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The duo were the goalscoring heroes against Valencia in the Europa League semi-final. Arsenal scored seven goals over the two legs — Lacazette with two and Aubameyang once in the 3-1 win at the Emirates, before Aubameyang scored a hat-trick and Lacazette the other in a 4-2 victory in Spain.
Talks are planned this summer to extend the contracts of the pair as Arsenal look to avoid further loss of key players
Aaron Ramsey will leave on a free transfer to Juventus because he is a free agent. The fans are furious and Arsenal will now act to prevent similar situations arising with Aubameyang and Lacazette.
Gabon international Aubameyang remains in contention for the Premier League Golden Boot with his 20 goals going into Sunday’s final match at Burnley.
He has proved to be a major asset since his £56m move from Borussia Dortmund in January last year. The 29-year-old has two years left on his £190,000 a week contract. Arsenal want to extend it by two years and that would put 29-year-old Aubameyang in the £250,000 a week bracket.
A similar wage would be offered to France international Lacazette. The 27-year-old has scored seven goals fewer than his strike partner but he has proved an ideal complement. His deal expires in 2022.