Arsenal are working on new contracts for strike duo Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
They report that the rapid striking pair are both in line for pay rises on their £140,000-a-week and £200,000-a-week deals, with further financial incentives on their way if Arsenal return to the Champions League.
The report says that although Arsenal cannot afford to bring the twosome into line with top earner Mesut Ozil, but will pay them handsomely if they can help the club return to European football’s top table.
Unai Emery underlined how much he thinks of both men on Friday, when he said: “Of course, for us, they are very important players and their contracts need to be in the same balance.”
TBR’s View – Proactive approach to new deals show changes at Arsenal behind the scenes
During the early part of the Emirates Stadium era, Arsenal lost so many key players that it became a joke and their relaxed approach to extending contracts cost them time and time again.
They were not proactive, which saw them lose a host of top talent, but the aggressive approach to getting Lacazette and Aubameyang tied down shows that things have changed behind the scenes.
Arsenal finally look like they’re moving in the right direction and losing one of their top strikers may derail that optimism.