The Gabon striker is approaching the last year of his contract, with Mikel Arteta desperate for him to stay with the north Londoners.

Arsenal must sit for contract discussions with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang prior to the end of the season, based on Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners’ top scorer is to the last 15 months of his current deal in north London and talks over an expansion have been on hold for a while.

As mentioned, Arsenal are keeping tabs on Gent striker Jonathan David as they prepare for the possibility that their star striker may depart.

It has previously been said that contract discussions with Aubameyang wouldn’t start again until the summer, when the forwards would have had only 1 year left on the contract he signed when he came from Borussia Dortmund at 2017.

But speaking before Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Ham, Arteta says Arsenal can not afford to wait much longer before sitting down with their 30-year-old frontman.

“We will have to do this at some point before the end of the year for sure,” said Arsenal’s head coach. “I will observe the goals that we have, his or her intentions.

“And where we’re sitting at the moment I think it’s tough to predict that context at this time. For me it is very simple, I wish to keep him in any conditions.”

Another player whose immediate future is up in the air is Dani Ceballos.

The attacking midfielder is currently on loan with the Gunners from Real Madrid but is expected to return to Spain in the summer.

Arsenal don’t have an option that could see the movement turned permanent at the end of the season, but with Ceballos currently playing an increasingly powerful role under Arteta, there were suggestions that the north London club could look to strike a deal with the Spanish giants that would see him return next year.

But whilst admitting he was thrilled with the 23-year-old Spain global’s form since bringing him back to the group, Arteta says no discussions have taken place about a permanent move.

“We have not had any discussions about it,” he said. “I’m really satisfied with Dani and what he is bringing to the team at the moment. It took him a while after his injury to get to the degree he has and that I have seen previously.

“He’s doing much better now and that is why he’s playing more matches.”