One of the biggest transfer worries Arsenal had this summer was certainly the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The importance of the captain to this team and their success in the next couple of seasons can hardly be exaggerated, and thankfully, that issue has been resolved. The Gabonese forward has signed a new contract.
But in an interview with Sky Sports, Aubameyang revealed that leaving the Emirates was indeed an option he considered at one point. He said he gave that possibility some serious thought with several very good offers on his table, before finally deciding to stay put.
Aubameyang feels honored by the fact that he wears the Arsenal captain’s armband, but he says that was not the main factor to have influenced his final decision. It was rather his belief in Mikel Arteta as the head coach, the good way in which the club have been treating him, and the love of the fans which he enjoys very much. He simply feels home.
The forward says he had a chat with Arteta during the lockdown, during which the boss came straight to the point and asked him directly if he planned to stay and sign a new contract. It’s important to remember that his old one was set to expire at the end of this season and that the club were reportedly willing to let him leave unless he recommits, wishing to avoid losing the services of such a player for nothing next summer. His response was positive from the start. He was very open with Arteta and told him that he liked the way things were going under his command.
Arteta made it clear to him that while there was an option to go elsewhere and win big trophies, he could also stay and create a legacy at the Emirates. After that conversation, there were no more doubts in his mind.