The wait is finally over.
Arsenal have confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, club captain and talismanic striker, has signed a new contract that will keep him at the Emirates until July 2023.
The new deal, believed to be worth around £300,000 per week, represents a huge win for Mikel Arteta who has repeatedly said that he wants to build his team around the 31-year-old.
Since signing from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, Aubameyang has scored 72 goals for the Gunners in 111 appearances, including a match-winning brace in the recent FA Cup final against Chelsea.
If he continues in the same vein for the next three seasons, there’s even a decent chance he could move into the club’s top five record goalscorers.
For a time it looked as if he was seriously considering a departure, telling Telefoot back in June that he was at a ‘turning point’ in his career, but he obviously feels as if his footballing ambitions can be realised with Mikel Arteta and the Gunners.
The announcement played out ‘live’ on both the Arsenal website and on Aubameyang’s personal Instagram account where he fielded calls from an excitable Ian Wright and strike partner Alex Lacazette.
It’s a good news day.
Reaction to this from player and manager to follow.