Arsenal fans can now heave a sigh of relief as the club’s captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has finally signed a three-year extension at the club.
Aubameyang, now 31-year-old, would have been a free agent at the end of the season as his contract was due to expire by then, but he has now ended speculation by extending his stay at the Emirates.
The Arsenal captain has also continued his impressive scoring run getting his first of the season in their opening-day 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.
Aubameyang says: “Signing for this special club was never in doubt,”
“It’s thanks to our fans, my team-mates, 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.”
Watch Auba’s announcement below…
The club’s manager Mikel Arteta adds: “It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us. He’s a superb player with an incredible mentality. Being the player to have taken the least amount of time to reach 50 goals with this club tells you everything you need to know about him and his way of working.
“He’s an important leader for the team and a big part of what we’re building. He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark. He can achieve that here.”
Aubameyang managed 22 goals in the Premier League last season and lost the Golden boot to Jamie Vardy who was the only player to score more than he did. He also netted twice in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final to secure their place in the Europa League.
The Gabon forward also scored and converted the winning spot-kick in a penalty shootout as Arsenal beat Liverpool to win the Community Shield.
Since his move to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, he has scored 55 goals in 86 Premier League games.