Arteta hails Aubameyang's decision to extend Arsenal stay

Arteta hails Aubameyang's decision to extend Arsenal stay

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has finally put an end to speculation about his future by signing a new Arsenal contract.

"I've been thinking about it since a year [ago]", he said in an interview with former Arsenal star Ian Wright.

Aubameyang is arguably Arsenal's most important player and enjoyed another wonderful season in the red and white last time out, scoring 29 goals, winning the FA Cup and taking over the Gunners team captaincy.

"I truly believe that we can do a good season at Villa".

Aubameyang's decision to stay with Arsenal will be a major boost to manager Mikel Arteta who said he wanted to build the squad around the Gabon global after they won the FA Cup last month.

"I have seen incredible players, passionate players, Invincible players", the 31-year-old said.

"We were really open and trying to have those discussions, in the end Emi had a really good offer and it was very suited for what he wants to achieve long-term and short-term and we allowed him to leave the club". "I want to leave a legacy, this is where I belong, this is my family".

Aubameyang scored in Arsenal's victory at Fulham on Saturday, the first game of the new Premier League season.

"That's why I decide to come here".

Aubameyang was handed the Arsenal captaincy in November 2019 after Granit Xhaka was stripped of the responsibility for an angry confrontation with fans following a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in October. The most important thing is the football club.

"We had a clear intention to strengthen in the attacking midfielder and the winger positions [and] he is a player that gives us a lot of versatility, he can play in three or four different positions", said Arteta.

"I love you, man. Thank you for signing - others left in the past but you've stayed with us when we needed you most", he said.

Mikel Arteta has already snapped-up attacker Willian and centre-back Gabriel this summer while Dani Ceballos has rejoined the club on a year long loan from Real Madrid but the Gunners boss is still hoping to revamp his midfield before the window closes.

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