Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says a desire to become an Arsenal legend and to leave a legacy was the driving force behind signing his contract extension at the Emirates.
After months of speculation, the club captain has signed a deal that will keep him at the Emirates until the summer of 2023, in the process securing himself a hefty payrise.
The deal was confirmed in a live video broadcast simultaneously on the club website and the player’s Instagram channel. After leaving the dressing room to walk onto the pitch, he explained, “I signed ‘da ting’ to become an Arsenal legend and to leave a legacy.”
More than 100,000 people tuned in to Instagram to watch Auba field calls from Ian Wright and strike partner Alex Lacazette.
“Signing for this special club was never in doubt,” Aubameyang told Arsenal.com.
“It’s 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.”
This is where you belong, Auba ❤️
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 15, 2020
Since signing from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, Aubameyang has scored 72 goals in 111 games. He’ll only need to score 38 goals a season over the next three years to overtake Wright to go second in the club’s all-time scoring charts.