The day has come, it has finally happened. After much consideration, deliberation, and even some teasing, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has put pen on paper on a brand new three-year contract with Arsenal, the club have officially confirmed.
As you know, Aubameyang joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, and he jointly won the Premier League golden boot (together with Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah) in his first full season at the Emirates.
His old contract was set to expire at the end of this season, and his future seemed extremely uncertain for a while. Many top clubs around Europe wanted him, and even though his heart never really looked like being anywhere else, he needed to be convinced of the club’s ambition to return to the very top of English football, and consequently to the Champions League.
He was always happy with playing for Mikel Arteta, but he needed to know that the club’s hierarchy was going to back the boss up in this summer’s transfer market before he signed. It’s fair to say the club have delivered up to this point, acquiring Willian from Chelsea and Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille OSC, and both newcomers performed very well in the season-opening triumph away to Fulham on Sunday. There are, of course, still some names being mentioned in connection with Arsenal, most notably Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, but this moment is all about the captain.
Signing for this special club was never in doubt,” the Gabonese said after putting his name on the dotted line.
“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.”