Arsenal have confirmed that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year contract at the club.

The Gabon international, whose initial deal at the Emirates was due to expire next June, had allegedly stalled on penning a new contract, due to a reported lack of ambition – creating uncertainty over his future.

The Gunners faced the prospect of seeing him depart for free next summer, however, today’s announcement, via a live Twitter feed, ended any doubt regarding his commitment to the side.

‘I belong here’

The 31-year-old indicated the decision to renew his contract was inevitable and credited the club’s supporters, teammates and his family for his sense of belonging.

Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Aubameyang said, “Signing for this special club was never in doubt.

“It’s thanks to our fans, my team-mates, my family and everybody at this club that I feel like I belong here.”

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s astonishing record at Arsenal

Aubameyang has been an instrumental addition to the north London outfit since arriving in January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund. He has scored 72 goals and provided 15 assists from 111 appearances across all competitions.

 

In his first full season, he shared the Premier League‘s Golden Boot accolade alongside two fellow Africans with a tally of 22 goals, which he equalled last campaign. He also helped The Gunners reach the 2019 Europa League Final.

Last season, Aubameyang became the quickest players in Arsenal history to score a Premier League half-century, when he opened the scoring in a 4-0 win against Norwich City.

The feat came on his 79th league appearance, ensuring he hit the club milestone in four games less than any other player.

Arsenal Announce a New Contract for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Arsenal announce a new contract for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on September 15, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

‘Best is to come’

Aubameyang played an integral role in the side’s FA Cup success last campaign. He scored four times from two Wembley appearances, grabbing a brace in each against Manchester City in the Semi-finals and Chelsea in the Final.

The 31 year-old also scored the opening goal and the decisive penalty in their penalty-shootout victory over Liverpool in the Community Shield.

The latest haul of silverware is just the beginning, according to Aubameyang, who expressed his eagerness win further trophies at the club.

“I believe in Arsenal. We can achieve big things together. We have something exciting here and I believe the best is to come for Arsenal.”

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