Exclusive: Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who planned a shock move to FA Cup final rivals Chelsea in January … but the deal has fallen on his high wage demand
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead Arsenal against Chelsea in the FA Cup final
- Aubameyang scored 27 goals this season, and is Arsenal’s top player
- Sportsmail could reveal the Gunners captain who tried to force by a move to Chelsea
- A deal with Chelsea collapsed due to Aubameyang’s high wages
Chelsea sounded a stunning move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.
Sportsmail It is understood the deal was made on behalf of the Arsenal striker – who is set to line up against their rivals in London in the FA Cup final Saturday – but high wage requests have seen what would be a shock switch.
The 31-year-old, whose contract will expire at the end of next season, is said to be enthusiastic about a move that undoubtedly annoyed Gunners supporters.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is preparing to lead Arsenal against Chelsea in the FA Cup final
But insiders said a subsequent request for a disgusting salary – by which he would be able to comfort the highest paid player in Chelsea history – would end the prospect in time.
Aubamayeng signed for Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund for £ 56m in 2018. Since his arrival, only Mohamed Salah has scored more goals in the Premier League than his 49th.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is currently looking for a striker, but the Gabonese international needs to lower his demands to make a prospect a reality.
The striker was tried to force by a shock move to the FA Cup final against Arsenal in January
Aubameyang scored 27 goals this season and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be desperate to keep him, along with the likes of Barcelona and AC Milan.
Fans fear Wembley could see his final outing for the Gunners, though much depends on the outcome.
If Arsenal beat their rivals, they will qualify for the European League and the increase in revenue that will bring in will increase the likelihood that they can graduate.
Mikel Arteta will be desperate for Aubameyang to burn Arsenal in FA Cup glory at Wembley