Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has opened up on why he decided to stay at Arsenal, the forward having recently signed a new deal after months of speculation regarding his future.
The Gabon international and Gunners captain put pen to paper on a new three-year-deal last week to finally put an end to any suggestion that he may have departed the club this summer, with several of Europe’s leading sides said to be eyeing up a move for the prolific forward.
Having quashed rumours of a departure, the 31-year-old will no doubt look to build upon the exceptional form he’s produced since his arrival at the club from Borussia Dortmund back in January 2018 and help the Gunners to further success following last season’s FA Cup triumph.
Despite having turned down the prospect of potentially more silverware at other clubs, Aubameyang appears to be excited by the direction the club is heading in under Mikel Arteta, the Spaniard and the Gunners fans the two key factors in helping persuade him to stay at the Emirates.
“Two things persuaded me to stay,” Aubameyang told Sky Sports. “The first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came he brings a lot of positivity and a new philosophy for us and 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.”
Arteta is now the third manager to have been in charge since Aubameyang’s arrival in North London and the former Manchester City assistant played a vital part in keeping his star forward at the club, according to Aubameyang.
“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.
“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.”