Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang vowed to become an Arsenal “legend” as the Gunners captain ended speculation of his future by signing a new three-year contract on Tuesday. Aubameyang’s contract saga has dragged on since last season that he wanted to join a club in the Champions League. But Gabon revealed that he had made his future for Arsenal in the live Instagram stream at Emirates Stadium. The deal is reported to be worth £ 250,000-a-week ($ 321,000), with bonuses that could take the club’s highest-grosser, Mesut Ozil, beyond the £ 350,000-a-week contract.
“Arsenal fans, in the end as you know I just signed on,” said Aubameyang.
Arsenal itself confirmed the news in a statement on their website, stating: “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year contract with us!”
After last season’s surprise FA Cup semi-final and final win over Manchester City and Chelsea for Arsenal scoring goals, Aubemayang had refused to confirm that he wanted to stay at the North London club.
In the previous term, the 31-year-old admitted that he faced a major decision on his future, with the report stating that he was ready to leave amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
But Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was confident that Aubameyang was happy and wanted to stay at the club.
More than 100,000 people were watching the announcement via an official Arsenal Instagram account, when Aubameyang vowed to follow in the footsteps of Gunners greats like Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright.
Aubameyang said, “Everyone knows how special this club is. I have seen incredible players, passionate players, unstoppable players.”
“I dream of being one of them, one of the best, and to be in the hearts of fans forever.
“I want to be an Arsenal legend like Thierry, Wright, Adams and Bergkamp – too many to mention.
“My father is my biggest inspiration, he was the captain of his club and his country, so it means so much to me to be the captain of this particular club.
“I want to leave a legacy, this is where I am, this is my family.”
“The best is to come”
Aubameyang joined Wright and his current teammate Alexandre Lacazette on the call, who praised both their decision to sign the contract.
Wright said, “Thank you for signing. Others have left us in the past, but you were left when you were most needed.”
Aubameyang wants to win more Silverware and he said: “Signing for this particular club was never in doubt. It is thanks to our fans, my teammates, my family and everyone in this club that I feel That I am here.
“I believe in Arsenal. We can achieve great things together. We have something exciting here and I believe that is the best for Arsenal.”
Aubameyang moved from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal in January 2018 and scored 72 goals in 111 matches in all competitions, including a 3–0 win at Fulham on Saturday on the opening day of the new season.
He also scored a stunning goal after beating Arsenal to Liverpool at the Community Shield at Wembley last month.
The 2015 African Footballer of the Year finished as the Premier League’s joint top scorer in 2019.
This is the major coup for Arsenal to keep Obameyang and secure his future, which should allow Arteta to maintain the team’s improvement since he took office in December.
Acknowledging the importance of having Aubameyang, Arteta said: “It was important for Pierre-Emerick to be with us.
“He is a fantastic player with an incredible mindset. Being the player who takes the least amount to reach 50 goals with this club, you need to know about him and how he works.
“He is an important leader for the team and a big part of what we are building. He wants to be there with the best players in the world and make his mark. He can achieve that here.”
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