Playing his 109th game for the London outfit in what football pundits predicted will be the Gabonese’s last match for Arteta and Arsenal, the 31 year old Gunners captain showed class and determination to perform despite transfer rumors.
After seeing his side concede early on into the game through a Christian Pulisic 5th minute strike, the ex-Borrussia Dortmund man brought parity to the game from the penalty spot at the 28th minute after a fowl on him by Blue’s captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
The Gabonese and Gunners captain showed yet another level of class and beauty in the second segment with a 67th minute finish after making a shift run and dribbling past 2 Chelsea’s defenders before slotting in over helpless Willy Caballero to put scores at 2-1 for manager Mikel Arteta and squad. This, helping Arsenal earn its 14th FA Cup title and a place in next season’s Europa League football [Europe’s second most coveted club competition] alongside his Ivorian African brother Nicolas Pepe.
Saturday’s FA Cup triumph did not only come as an honor to prevent a trophy-less season for Arsenal but also served as an indirect determiner on Aubameyang’s future at the club. The former AC Milan and Saint Etienne forward who has netted 70 goals in 109 matches for the Gunners, have entered the final year of his contract for Arsenal with his current contract to expire on June 31, 2020. He is still to accept a contract extension despite offers from the club.
A situation, football experts including England’s Alan Shearer opines is risky for the club, failing to renew the contract of a player as important as Aubameyang to Arsenal who scored 22 goals in the 2019/2020 Premier League season, falling one goal short of Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy. It is expected the FA Cup win will convince him to stay at the Emirates ground for a while.
DEWAH Fabrice TEH