Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pinpoints the two things that made him stay at Arsenal

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed the two key reasons why he decided to sign a new contract with the Gunners.

Aubameyang put to bed any fears that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season by penning a new three-year deal.

The 31-year-old had kept fans on tenterhooks for months as speculation grew around his future.

But Aubameyang admits that it was a combination of manager Mikel Arteta and leaving a legacy in north London that persuaded him to stay.

“Two things persuaded me to stay,” Aubameyang told Sky Sports. “The first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity and a new philosophy for us.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally signed a contract extension at Arsenal earlier this month

“I think that was important because it matched my game and I feel that I can improve with him. I think this was the key factor and as well, the love that I receive from the fans and the whole club.

“Everyone is treating me very, very good, so I feel at home and that’s why I’m staying.

“We had a chat during lockdown and we were supposed to talk about a game and he said ‘okay, forget about it, we’re going to talk about the future’ and he asked me what I wanted to do.

Mikel Arteta managed to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal
Mikel Arteta managed to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal

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“I was like ‘I feel good since you came, I’m improving, and the philosophy is very, very nice so I just want to stay’ and he was like ‘I’m sure if you stay you can leave a legacy, but it’s all about you and what you want.

“Of course, you can leave and go for trophies in big clubs as well but I think you can create a legacy here in this great club.’

“This was the key message to me and after that conversation, I was like ‘okay, it’s all clear for me and I just want to stay’ and that’s it.”

Arsenal face Liverpool on Monday night in what could be a huge clash for their top four hopes.


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