Fresh from an opening day victory, Arsenal have received a massive boost with the long-term re-signing of star striker and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The 31-year-old Gabon international had been linked with a move away from Emirates Stadium, with his previous contract set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season and the forward speaking of his ambitious desire for trophies and UEFA Champions League football.
Signing for this special club was never in doubt,” Aubameyang said.
“Its thanks to our fans, my team-mates, my family and everybody at this club that I feel like I belong here. 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.”
The re-signing of Aubameyang is symbolic for Arsenal, who’ve slipped off the pace in the Premier League in recent years, finishing outside the top four in the past four seasons including last term’s eighth place finish following managerial change from Unai Emery to Mikel Arteta.
Arteta has started life as Arsenal manager well, stabilising the club and leading them to their FA Cup triumph, while he appears to have recruited well during the off-season with Willian, Gabriel, Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari arriving.
The Spanish manager reiterated the sentiment that Aubameyang’s re-signing was symbolic for the direction of the club under him.
It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us,” Arteta said. “Hes a superb player with an incredible mentality.
“Being the player to have taken the least amount of time to reach 50 goals with this club tells you everything you need to know about him and his way of working.
“Hes an important leader for the team and a big part of what were building. He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark. He can achieve that here.