Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hinted his future at Arsenal will become clearer within in a matter of days.
The Gunners skipper underlined his importance to Mikel Arteta’s side with another decisive Wembley performance, hot on the heels of matchwinning displays against Manchester City and Chelsea in last season’s FA Cup triumph.
Aubameyang opened the scoring in the first-half with a superb curling effort from the edge of the penalty area, capping a flowing move which had started with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
Liverpool’s superior fitness levels began to tell in the second period and Takumi Minamino deservedly drew Jurgen Klopp’s side level in the 73rd minute with his first goal for the club.
Neither side was able to force a winner in the closing stages and the game was ultimately decided in a shootout with the Gunners triumphing 5-4.
After the match, Aubameyang, who stroked home the winning spot kick, was asked to clarify his future, and said: ‘We’re going to see in these days. Today we take the trophy, that’s it. We are improving.
‘There is still work to do but I’m really happy and it’s an exciting time to be an Arsenal player.’
The future of utility player Ainsley Maitland-Niles, meanwhile, is also the subject of intense speculation with both Wolves and Tottenham expressing an interest in a player Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep.
Maitland-Niles was awarded the man-of-the-match award and insisted he sees himself as an Arsenal player until told otherwise.
‘I’m an Arsenal player until I’m told otherwise,’ said the 23-year-old, who also scored in the shootout.
‘He has to be able to convince me every three days,’ said Arteta of the England Under-21 international. ‘At the moment he’s showing he can do it. The best way to show a player what I think of him is whether he plays or not.’
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