Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has finally put an end to speculation about his future by signing a new Arsenal contract.
The Gabon forward, 31, was linked with an exit from the Emirates for months after entering the final year of his deal.
Some of the biggest clubs in Europe registered an interest in Aubameyang, including LaLiga giants Barcelona.
However, manager Mikel Arteta and the Gunners board have convinced their star striker to sign – to the delight of supporters.
Aubameyang moved to Arsenal in 2018 from Borussia Dortmund and has continued to score goals in abundance, becoming an iconic figure at the north London club.
Saturday’s strike against Premier League new boys Fulham – securing a 3-0 win in the opening game of the 2020/21 Premier League season – was his 55th in the top flight in just 85 games.
The new deal is understood to make Aubameyang the highest-paid player at the Emirates, surpassing Mesut Ozil’s £350,000-a-week wages.
It will bank him close to £60million over the next three years.
Aubameyang’s Arsenal career
Trophies won: FA Cup (2019/20), Community Shield (2020)
Individual accolades: Golden Boot (2018/19), Arsenal Player of the Season (2019/20), PFA Team of the Year (2019/20)
Aubameyang scored the winner for Arsenal against Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley in August and was also the match-winner in the Community Shield later that month.
Speaking on the Weekend Breakfast after the victory at Craven Cottage, former Aston Villa and England striker Gabriel Agbonlahor insisted keeping hold of Aubameyang was the most vital thing Arteta could do at the club.
“It’s so important to get Aubameyang signed up; I don’t care if it’s £400,000-a-week, give him whatever he wants,” he said.
“Without him, Arsenal have got no chance of finishing in the top six, but with him I think they have a chance of finishing in the top four.
“I know Arsenal fans are going to get carried away but I feel like they should get carried away.
“Adding Willian – he was a star [against Fulham] with three assists – with a couple more signings in the right positions and I think Arsenal can definitely break into the top four.”
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