The Gabonese striker explained the main reasons behind his decision to sign a new three-year contract at the Emirates Stadium.
Two Liverpool arsenals in four days
The Gunners seemed to be stuck in the negotiations for an extension for Gabonese, and the 31-year-old kicked in the transfer rumors after his weapon of honor in the FA Cup final victory over Chelsea on 1 August. . Gunners fans’ prayers were answered, however, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed a new contract on September 15, which will keep him at the Emirates Stadium until at least 2023.
Gabon’s international has now announced his decision to stay in Arsenal’s squad and thanks his coach Mikel Arteta and the club’s supporters for helping him decide. “Two things persuaded me to stay”, Aubameyang told Sky Sports ahead of a meeting on Monday night with defending Premier League champions Liverpool. “The first was Mikel Arteta, because since his arrival he has given us a lot of positivity and a new philosophy.”
A key conversation with Arteta
“I think it was important because it matched my game and I feel I can improve with it. I think that was the key factor and also the love I get from the fans and from the whole club. Everyone treats me very, very well so I feel at home and that’s why I stay. We had a conversation during the lockout and we were going to talk about a game and he said “okay, forget it, we’ll talk about the future” and he asked me what I wanted to do “, added Gabonese.
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“I was like, ‘I feel good since you came, I’m improving, and the philosophy is very, very positive so I just want to stay’ and he was like ‘I’m sure if you stay you can leave a legacy, but everything is up to you and what you want. Of course you can also pick up trophies from big clubs, but I think you can create a legacy here at this big club. That was the most important message for me and after that conversation I was like “okay, everything is ready for me and I just want to stay” and that is it “, Aubameyang finished.
The center-back, who has scored 71 goals in 112 appearances for the Gunners since joining Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, says that although he considered leaving the Emirates at some point, his emotional ties to the club ultimately proved too strong for him to leave: “I thought about it to tell the truth because I also had good opportunities”, Added Aubameyang. “But the feeling of being here – the fans and the love of the whole club – I’m not sure that by leaving I get the same love, that’s why I stay. I’m really proud to be. Captain but it’s not the most important “Of course it’s a good job to do, but it was not part of my stay here.”