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After weeks of waiting, Arsenal captain and striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed a new long-term contract with the club. The deal is for three years with 250k-euros-a- week wage salary. Incentives are added to his contract as he will earn more if the club qualifies for the Champions League or if Aubameyang wins another Premier League Golden Boot (he won the 2018-19 Golden Boot).
“Signing for this special club was never in doubt,” said Aubameyang. “It’s thanks to our fans, my teammates, 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.”
Aubameyang’s contract was set to expire at the end of the season and would resign with Arsenal only if they agreed to the above terms.
Aubameyang joined Arsenal for a 56-million-euro fee from Borussia Dortmund and in Premier League play, he has scored 55 goals in 86 appearances including 22 in his two full seasons with the club. He scored a long-range shot in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Fulham in their Premier League season opener.
Aubameyang is their leader and go-to scorer and locking him up for the next few seasons was a vital task for manager Mikel Arteta to accomplish. Especially with the additions of Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, Arsenal is pushing for the Champions League this season, something Aubameyang needed to see from the club.
“It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us,” said Arteta. “He’s an important leader for the team and a big part of what we’re building. He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark. He can achieve that here.”
Arsenal now prepare for their home opener on Saturday against West Ham United.