Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang yesterday put Arsenal fans out of their misery, and announced he has signed a new contract with the Gunners.
The talismanic striker has penned fresh terms that will keep him at the club until 2024.
The 31-year-old has been a revelation for the north Londoners since his move from Borussia Dortmund in January 2017, scoring 72 goals in 111 appearances and helping the club to the 2019/2020 FA Cup.
Arsenal fans had been extremely worried about the fate of their captain, but it appears manager Mikel Arteta played a major role in convincing the Gabon international to commit his future.
After revealing the pair had chatted only a couple of months after Arteta had become manager, Aubameyang told Ian Wright (quoted by football.london): “He was straight and honest and that’s what I like because we are always honest.
“He said ‘Okay, you can maybe leave. I don’t what your mind is [thinking] right now, but you can leave and go for trophies at other clubs or you can stay here and have a legacy. This, for me, was the key word.”
“The training, you can feel the passion.
“You can feel everything from this guy. He is so good and he’s the kind of guy who you can trust in him.”
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From these comments, it is clear to see how much Aubameyang respects Arteta.
The superstar looks to have completely bought into the Spaniard’s plan, which is massive in terms of what that says to other players in the Arsenal dressing room.
One really does have to wonder whether Aubameyang would have extended had the club stuck with Unai Emery instead of replacing him with the ex-Gunners captain.