Aubameyang reveals key role Arteta played in convincing him to stay at Arsenal

Aubameyang signs new Arsenal contract

Tuesday’s headline news, of course, surrounded Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The hitman’s future at the Emirates had appeared up in the air for some time, with Aubameyang, up until Tuesday, in the final year of his contract.

It had  been even reported back in April that the capital giants had shelved contract talks with the Gabonese international

However, after months of speculation, the 31-year-old finally put an end to all the uncertainty surrounding his future.

It was confirmed on Tuesday evening that Aubameyang had put pen to paper on a new three-year deal:

‘Stay here and have a legacy’

Before agreeing fresh terms in north London, though, the former Borussia Dortmund man did appear to have options elsewhere.

It has even been reported that La Liga powerhouse FC Barcelona made a concrete offer for Aubameyang.

Now, after penning a new deal, the forward has provided some insight as to why he chose to stay at Arsenal.

And judging by his recent comments, Mikel Arteta looks to have played a key role in that decision, with the Spaniard’s proposal of building a legacy at Arsenal seemingly appealing to Aubameyang:

“I had quite a lot of time to think about it. I’ve been thinking about it since a year [ago].

“I also had a chat with Mikel, that I think he gave me something very clear about the idea of the future of the club and about me. 

“He was straight and honest and that’s what I like because we are always honest. He said: ‘Okay, you can maybe leave. I don’t know what your mind is [thinking] right now, but you can leave and go for trophies at other clubs or you can stay here and have a legacy’.

“This, for me, was the key word.”

Quotes via Goal.

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2 Leicester City FC 1 3 3
3 Chelsea FC 1 2 3
4 Newcastle United FC 1 2 3
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 2 3
6 Liverpool FC 1 1 3
7 Crystal Palace FC 1 1 3
8 Everton FC 1 1 3
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10 Burnley FC 0 0 0
11 Manchester City FC 0 0 0
12 Manchester United FC 0 0 0
13 Leeds United 1 -1 0
14 Southampton FC 1 -1 0
15 Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 -1 0
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 1 -2 0
17 Sheffield United FC 1 -2 0
18 West Ham United FC 1 -2 0
19 Fulham FC 1 -3 0
20 West Bromwich Albion 1 -3 0
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 3
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 2
James, Reece Chelsea FC 1
Jorginho Chelsea FC 1
Hendrick, Jeff Newcastle United FC 1
Trossard, Leandro Brighton & Hove Albion FC 1
van Dijk, Virgil Liverpool FC 1
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 1
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 1
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 1
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 1
Klich, Mateusz Leeds United 1
Saiss, Romain Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1
Zouma, Kurt Chelsea FC 1
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Harrison, Jack Leeds United 1
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