£200,000-a-week striker set to pen long-term contract with Arsenal

Gunners are growing increasingly confident that Auba will commit his long-term future to Arsenal and sign a new three-year deal extension. The 31-year-old striker had entered the final 12 months of his current contract and refused to address his future after he played a crucial role in last weekend’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.

Gabon international and his representatives have held a positive round of talks with the Gunners and the new contract would run until 2023, covering what stays of his existing contract and extending it by a further two years.

As well has been handed a huge rise on his current £200,000-a-week wages, Aubameyang is said to have been given assurances that the Spanish tactician will be given the funds he requires to build on the promising start he has made to his managerial career.

After last month’s win over champions Liverpool, Mikel Arteta implored the Gunners board to get the cheque book out in order help him further bridge the gap between the London giants and the PL’s elite teams.

Arsenal have already secured the services of January loan recruits Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares on permanent deals, while William Saliba, who cost £27m last summer, has returned from his loan spell at Saint-Etienne.

Gunners are also close to signing Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea, while fellow Coutinho could arrive on loan from Blaugrana. A third Brazilian, Lille’s Gabriel Magalhaes has also reportedly decided he wants to join Arsenal, although the likes of Everton, Man United and Napoli remain interested in his services.