Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has finally committed himself to remain at the Gunners and put pen to paper on a bumper new contract that is seen as a major boost for manager Mikel Arteta’s rebuilding project.
The 31-year-old top Arsenal striker has signed terms until 2023 worth an initial £250,000-a-week that could go up to £300,000 with bonuses included in the contract.
‘It’s finally done, I am really really happy to be staying here,’ Aubameyang said. ‘This is my home. It’s a great day. I want to become an Arsenal legend and leave a legacy. It’s the time to work a lot but for sure I will give my best, as always.’
Aubameyang entered the Arsenal fold in January 2018 in a £56m move from Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund, the breeding ground of some of the finest young footballers in Europe and has scored a stunning 72 goals in 112 games.
And Aubameyang has been in impeccable, stunning form since Arteta took over as Arsenal manager in December last year.
He led the Gunners to FA Cup glory which in turn landed them with a place in this season’s Europa League. He also scored an electrifying goal in Arsenal’s Community Shield win over Liverpool and found the net in their victory over Fulham on the opening day of the Premier League.
But at the end of the 2019-20 season, Aubameyang appeared to be seemingly coy over his long-term Arsenal future and wanted to see an ambitious summer of recruitment with Arteta at the helm.
Speaking after he scored twice in Arsenal’s 2-1 FA Cup final victory over Chelsea, he said: ‘I’m really not thinking about this. I just want to enjoy this with the guys and take the trophy.’
But Arteta has indeed overseen a bold summer in north London – Arsenal swooped for Willian on a free transfer from London rivals Chelsea and also signed defender Gabriel Magaljaes from Lille.
Dani Ceballos has also rejoined on a season-long loan from Real Madrid while players such as David Luiz and Bukayo Saka have signed new contracts at Arsenal.
But it is Aubameyang’s decision to remain at Arsenal that is the jewel in the crown of Arteta’s summer work.
He even teased the announcement on Tuesday morning, tweeting a picture of an hourglass to send Arsenal fans into raptures.
Arteta’s men are next in Premier League action in Saturday’s late game against West Ham.
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