After months of intense speculation, Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang extended his stay with the club after signing a three-year contract. The deal is reported to reward the Gabon International with £250,000-a-week along with further performance related bonuses.
Aubameyang had initially expressed his desire to leave the Emirates after two and a half seasons, with Champions League football being the core concern. While Barcelona emerged favourites to sign the player, Arteta’s appointment and the team’s surge as of late has convinced the player to remain with the club.
The 31-year-old’s new contract sees bonuses if the club manages to qualify for the Champions League or if Aubameyang manages to win the Premier League golden boot during his three-year tenure under this deal.
After signing the deal, Aubameyang claimed that he aims to be a legend at Arsenal after having a sensational start since arriving in 2018. He said in a statement:
“Signing for this special club was never in doubt, It’s thanks to our fans, my teammates, my family and everybody at this club that I feel like I belong here.
“I believe in Arsenal. We can achieve big things together. We have something exciting here and I believe the best is to come for Arsenal.”
Meanwhile, technical director Edu said: “It’s clear Auba loves the club and everything we stand for on and off the pitch. He’s obviously a very important part of the team so we’re all delighted he has committed his future to us. It’s a big boost for everyone – fans, team-mates and staff.”
Ever since arriving from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund for a then record fee, Aubameyang has made his mark with his electric pace and impeccable finishing.
— Aubameyang P-E (@Aubameyang7) September 15, 2020
Arteta terms Aubameyang’s extension as very important
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta explained that Aubameyang’s decision to stay with the club is very important considering his stature within the club. He added:
“It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us… He’s an important leader for the team and a big part of what we’re building,” Arteta said.
“He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark. He can achieve that here.”
After winning the FA Cup and the Community Shield, the Gunners have carried the form onto the Premier League with a smooth outing against Fulham.