Arsenal have confirmed striker and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year deal with the club.
Aubameyang was the Gunners’ star performer throughout the 2019/20 season, being named their player of the season.
His 22 goals in the Premier League fired his side to an eighth placed finish, while he was at the double in the FA Cup final against Chelsea and also scored in their Community Shield triumph.
There were serious doubts over his contract situation, with his previous deal set to expire next year, and the Gabon international was hesitant to face questions on the negotiation impasse soon after that FA Cup final.
However, Arsenal have now confirmed the news all fans of the north London club have been eager to hear. The Athletic claim the new deal will make Aubameyang the Gunners’ top earner.
Manager Mikel Arteta is thought to have played a large role in convincing the former Borussia Dortmund star to stay.
Contract talks initially began last year – when Unai Emery was still in charge – before reaching an impasse. However, discussions in the past few months have been positive, with the progress made by Arsenal on the pitch one such plus point.
Aubameyang had got Arsenal fans pretty hot and bothered by tweeting an hourglass emoji in mid August, hinting at imminent contract news.
He then tweeted the same emoji on Tuesday before Arsenal’s official announcement, which all in all was a little odd.
Aubameyang brought Alexandre Lacazette into an Instagram video recorded live at the Emirates, before club legend Ian Wright joined the party. To be fair, we all love Ian Wright, so nothing odd there. But in full, it was a bit cringe.