Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has opened up on his decision to sign a new contract at Arsenal earlier this month.
Aubameyang, 31, finally put pen to paper on an extension in north London after months of speculation, having entered the final year of his previous deal back in July.
Reports suggested Barcelona and Real Madrid were interested in signing the Gabon international, who scored two braces in Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final and final victories over Manchester City and Chelsea last season.
But just over one week ago he finally extended his stay at the Emirates, putting an end to speculation over his future.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally signed a contract extension at Arsenal earlier this month
And in an interview with Sky Sports, Aubameyang has revealed that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta and the club’s supporters were the two key factors in convincing him to stay.
He said: ”Two things persuaded me to stay. The first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity and a new philosophy for us.
He insists two factors influenced his decision to stay, the first being manager Mikel Arteta
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“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.
The second was his love for Gunners fans
“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…