Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains two factors why he turned down Barcelona transfer

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted he turned down the chance to sign for Barcelona as well as several other clubs to stay with Arsenal.

The Gunners’ captain was linked with a move to the Nou Camp prior to putting pen to paper on a new three-year contract earlier this month.

Aubameyang could have forced through a transfer this summer or left on a free next summer but stated previously he opted to extend his deal as he wanted to leave a “legacy” at Arsenal.

The 31-year-old has since gone further than that, and given two key reasons behind his decision to remain in north London.

“There were several offers, notably from Barca, but also other clubs,” Aubameyang said on Canal Football Club .

Aubameyang opted to extend his time at Arsenal rather than move elsewhere
Aubameyang opted to extend his time at Arsenal rather than move elsewhere

“My priority was to stay for two reasons: the first is the coach, Mikel Arteta, because we spoke a fair amount during the ‘lockdown’, as they say here, we were at home and spoke several times and he convinced me, notably in terms of the project.

“Of course, secondly, is the love that I receive from the fans and people at the club. Since I have been here I have been treated like one of their own, and as I am one of their own, I am going to stay here, it is as simple as that.”

Aubameyang conceded that leaving the club had entered his mind as a serous possibility, but his manager had played a pivotal role in persuading him to commit his future to Arsenal.

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Speaking of his discussions with Arteta, Aubameyang said previously: “He was straight and honest and that’s what I like because we are always honest.

“He said: ‘Okay, you can maybe leave. I don’t know what your mind is [thinking] right now, but you can leave and go for trophies at other clubs or you can stay here and have a legacy’.”

No doubt Aubameyang’s own contribution in the FA Cup final helped sway his decision too, as well as underlining his importance to the club as he scored both goals to earn Arteta his first piece of silverware while also sealing his team’s path into Europe.

Arsenal have since started the season in perfect form, winning both of their Premier League matches and progressing to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

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The forward says boss Mikel Arteta played a big part in his decision
The forward says boss Mikel Arteta played a big part in his decision

They face big challenges in both competitions this week though as they face title winners Liverpool, but Aubameyang is looking forward to bigger things now his future is resolved.

“It would be great to compete with Liverpool,” he added. “It’s going to be a big test on Monday. We’re ready, we’re going without fear.

“Obviously we want to annoy them. It’s a dream, and a goal for us.”

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