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MARTIN KEOWN: Aubameyang must not become a Mesut Ozil saga for Arsenal 

This will go down as ‘The Aubameyang Final’, but I fear we saw the striker sign off from Arsenal after two-and-a-half goal-laden years.

We all saw how he shut down questions about his future after his double won the FA Cup for Arsenal and booked their place in Europe next season.

Arsene Wenger was always careful with how he spent money but midway through his final season in charge, he agreed to splash out £56million for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The 31-year-old has not signed an extension and it is now important that Arsenal resolve his future one way or another this summer.

They cannot allow another distracting contract saga to crop up, as we saw with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. 

But if Aubameyang does depart, then they will need to replace the goals they are losing. He guarantees you 20 a season at least — even when operating as an inside forward from the left wing. 

I’ve compared Aubameyang to Thierry Henry previously and as someone who shared a dressing room with Arsenal’s greatest ever goalscorer, I don’t do so lightly. 

Strikers can do special things in training but it’s about doing it in the big moments, too. Henry used to do that, and Aubameyang did it against Chelsea.

His winner was about imagination and execution. He backed himself to beat Kurt Zouma and so feigned to shoot with his right foot before dragging the ball on to his left. 

Willy Caballero rushed to close him down and he chipped the Chelsea goalkeeper, winning Arsenal the FA Cup.

It was world class and remember: Aubameyang has been doing all of this in a struggling Arsenal side while Henry was part of a much more successful set-up. 

Unfortunately, it feels more likely that he is going to go than stay. The clock is ticking on his career so the next contract and club choice is an important one.

Arsenal won the FA Cup on Saturday because they had the best player on the pitch in Aubameyang. For how much longer they have him, time will tell.

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