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Barcelona launched Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer bid before Arsenal extension

Barcelona made a last minute offer to Arsenal for the services of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Spanish giants made a ‘concrete’ offer for the services of the 31-year-old before he finally put pen to paper on a new three-year contract at the Emirates after months of speculation.

The Gabon international had entered the last year of his deal with the Gunners before he agreed terms on the extension, and he had his resolve tested by not one but two European giants beforehand.

Although both Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu were confident that their star striker was always intending to extend his stay in north London, the late bids might have left them slightly concerned.

Mikel Arteta managed to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal
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Sky Sports have reported that both Barcelona and Inter made offers for Aubameyang during the current transfer window, but the arrival of Arteta is what convinced the forward to stay.

“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.”

Mikel Arteta led Arsenal to FA Cup glory in his debut season as a manager
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Arteta added: “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.

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