By Mukwuzi Joseph
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year contract with Arsenal.
The 31-year-old’s deal had been due to expire at the end of the season, but he has now ended speculation by extending his stay at the Emirates.
“Signing for this special club was never in doubt,” Aubameyang said. “It’s 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 Gabonese striker, has signed a three-year contract worth an initial £250,000-a-week but bonuses included in the contract can take it beyond £350,000-a-week.
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta asaid : “It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us. He’s 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.
“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.”
Aubameyang scored 22 goals in the Premier League last season and netted twice in Arsenals 2-1 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final to secure their place in the Europa League, He was also on target in the charity fixture against Liverpool and has started the season in typical style scoring one of three goals in their victory over neighbours Fulham on saturday,