‘I signed da ting… I want to be an Arsenal legend’: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang FINALLY pens his new £350,000-per-week, three-year contract as Mikel Arteta convinces him to stay
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang teased a big announcement on Twitter on Tuesday
- It has now been confirmed that he has signed a new contract to stay at Arsenal
- Arsenal’s star striker was entering the final year on his initial deal at the club
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has finally put pen to paper on a bumper new Arsenal contract in what is a major boost for manager Mikel Arteta’s rebuilding project.
The 31-year-old has signed terms until 2023 worth an initial £250,000-a-week but bonuses included in the contract can take it beyond the £350,000-a-week paid to highest earner Mesut Ozil.
‘I signed da ting! 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.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed a new three-year contract to remain at Arsenal
The 31-year-old striker announced the news by going live on the club’s Instagram account
As well as dressing supporters directly, Aubameyang also spoke to Arsenal legend Ian Wright
‘Signing for this special club was never in doubt,’ he added. ‘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.’
Arsenal streamed a live video of Aubameyang on the Emirates pitch to confirm the news and the striker face-timed Ian Wright to celebrate.
‘Thank you for signing,’ Wright said. ‘Others have left us in the past but you stayed when we needed you most.’
Aubameyang joined Arsenal in January 2018 in a £56m move from Borussia Dortmund and has scored a stunning 72 goals in 112 games.
And since Arteta took over as Arsenal manager in December last year, Aubameyang has been in electrifying form.
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 a stunning goal in Arsenal’s Community Shield win over Liverpool and found the net in their victory over Fulham on the opening day of the present Premier League season.
Aubameyang was coy over his long-term Arsenal future after their FA Cup win this year
But Mikel Arteta has convinced his star striker that his long-term future belongs at Arsenal
But at the end of the 2019-20 season, Aubameyang was 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.
The 31-year-old Aubameyang has made an outstanding start to Arsenal’s 2020-21 season
He even teased the announcement on Tuesday, tweeting a picture of an hourglass
But it is Aubameyang’s decision to remain at Arsenal that is the jewel in the crown of Arteta’s summer work.
‘It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us,’ Arteta said. ‘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.’
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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