The 31-year-old’s future was in doubt earlier in the summer transfer window. But Aubameyang’s new contract will see him remain at Arsenal until 2023.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Signs New Arsenal Contract
New Deal for Aubameyang
Aubameyang had just 12 months left on his previous deal, which was due to expire in June 2021. But Arsenal will be delighted to secure their top-scorer for another three years.
Mikel Arteta was influential in convincing Aubameyang to stay according to David Ornstein at the Athletic. The Spanish coach maintains an excellent relationship with Aubameyang and his father. This proved to be key in the striker’s decision to stay in North London.
Aubameyang and Arsenal started negotiating a new contract last summer. However, the Gabon striker became less interested in committing to Arsenal under previous boss, Unai Emery.
Since then, Arteta made good progress at Arsenal. Both Arteta and Aubameyang also maintain a strong mutual respect for each other. This also reportedly convinced the 31-year-old to stay at the Emirates.
Arsenal Secure Key Player
Aubameyang’s new deal is an important piece of business for Arsenal this summer. The Gabon international scored 71 goals in over 100 appearances for Arsenal since he joined from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.
Aubameyang’s importance to the club became apparent when he became a captain in November 2019. Granit Xhaka lost the captaincy after the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. The Swiss international stormed off the pitch and gestured to fans at the Emirates.
Aubameyang was named as the next Gunners captain and he has since displayed exceptional professionalism in the role.
The 31-year-old excelled when Arteta’s arrival in December 2019. He scored six goals in his first seven under Arteta and contributed to 20 goals in 23 appearances since the Spaniard’s arrival.