Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has put to rest speculation about his future at the club after signing a three-year contract extension.
The 31-year-old Gabon international, who was linked with a move to Barcelona and Inter Milan, will now stay at the Emirates Stadium in North London until 2023.
“Signing for this special club was never in doubt. Thanks to our fans, my team-mates, my family, and everybody at this club that I feel like I belong here. I believe in Arsenal. We can achieve big things together. We have something exciting here and I believe the best is to come for Arsenal,” Aubameyang was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.
For his part, first-team manager Mikel Arteta said Aubameyang is a superb player with an incredible mentality, adding that his stay at the club is important.
“Being the player to have taken the least amount of time to reach 50 goals with this club tells you everything you need to know about him and his way of working,” he said.
“He’s an important leader for the team and a big part of what we’re building. He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark. He can achieve that here.”
Since his move to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, the striker has scored 72 goals in 111 appearances across all competitions.
In the 2019/20 campaign, Aubameyang scored 22 goals in the Premier League and netted twice in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final to secure their place in the Europa League.
He also scored and converted the winning spot-kick in a penalty shootout, as Arsenal beat Liverpool to win the Community Shield.
Aubameyang scored in the Gunners’ English Premier League opener in a 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday, 12th September, when Arteta hinted that a new contract was close.
Following the impressive victory over Fulham, they will now face West Ham at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, 19th September, before a Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City on 22nd September.