From the moment he arrived at the club in December, Mikel Arteta made it a priority to persuade Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to commit his long-term future to the club.
After months of negotiations, today, our captain has done exactly that explaining he wants “to become a club legend and to leave a legacy.”
Having said repeatedly that he wants to build his Arsenal side around the Gabon international, Arteta is very pleased with the news.
“It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us,” the Spaniard told Arsenal.com.
“He’s a superb player with an incredible mentality. 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’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.”
After 15 years of club captains reaching their peak at the club and then leaving, Arsenal made a big song and dance on social media about persuading Auba to stay. Obviously, money talks – the striker will earn a significant pay rise – but Arteta’s role in changing the mood around the club over the course of the last nine months has been significant too.
More than anything, at a time when we seem to be building some momentum on the pitch, it comes as a relief, a theme Edu picks up on.
“It’s clear Auba loves the club and everything we stand for on and off the pitch,” said our technical director.
“He’s obviously a very important part of the team so we’re all delighted he has committed his future to us. It’s a big boost for everyone – fans, team-mates and staff.”