Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains decision to stay at Arsenal


Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has explained his decision to remain at Arsenal, after being linked with a number of clubs.

Various in Europe claimed Inter Milan, FC Barcelona and Manchester United were keen on the 31-year-old, who was entering into his final year of his contract.

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Aubameyang eventually penned a new deal earlier this month and revealed Mikel Arteta was one of the main reasons for staying.

"Two things persuaded me to stay. The first thing was (Arsenal manager) Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity and a new philosophy for us," Aubameyang said, as per the Express.

"I think that was important because it matched my game and I feel that I can improve with him. I think this was the key factor and as well, the love that I receive from the fans and the whole club.

"Everyone is treating me very, very good, so I feel at home and that's why I'm staying.

"We had a chat during lockdown and we were supposed to talk about a game, and he said, 'Okay, forget about it, we're going to talk about the future', and he asked me what I wanted to do.

"I was like, 'I feel good since you came, I'm improving, and the philosophy is very, very nice so I just want to stay' and he was like, 'I'm sure if you stay you can leave a legacy, but it's all about you and what you want. Of course, you can leave and go for trophies in big clubs as well, but I think you can create a legacy here in this great club.'

"This was the key message to me, and after that conversation, I was like, 'Okay, it's all clear for me and I just want to stay' and that's it."

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