Arsenal’s top scorer and captain, is going nowhere, having put pen on paper on a new three-year contract in North London. After months of speculation and uncertainty, we now know. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stands still.
It is a huge moment for the club and for the fans. Over and over again over the past two decades, fans have had to watch helplessly as their favorite players used up their contracts before moving elsewhere, often in cut-price deals.
And despite Aubameyang’s obvious love for the club, there were real fears that he would do the same, especially after a season in which the Gunners finished eighth in the Premier League, their worst top flight in 25 years.
Clubs from all over Europe were hanging around, including Barcelona, and were ready to take the Gabon international away from the Emirates just two and a half years after his arrival from Borussia Dortmund for £ 56 million ($ 74 million).
And if Mikel Arteta hadn’t arrived in December, Aubameyang would likely have added his name to a devastating playlist that includes Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie.
With Unai Emery in charge, the Arsenal was a rudderless ship; Aubameyang’s goals were the only thing that kept them afloat.