Auba extends! Arsenal finally gets a captain in his prime to stay

Auba extends! Arsenal finally gets a captain in his prime to stay

Following the most disappointing Premier League season, and an FA Cup triumph barely alleviates the pains, Arsenal fans have finally gotten some encouraging news. Their captain and key player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year deal with the club.

The 31-year-old so becomes one of the rare Arsenal captains who choose to remain at the club despite offers from the side. As Robin van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen, Cesc Fabregas, Laurent Koscielny, Patrick Viera, and even Thiery Henry left the club by firstly removing the armband.

Current manager Mikel Arteta is one of the few who finished his career at the Emirates. Although it was easier for Aubameyang to extend now as Barcelona's interest died down.

Arriving two and a half seasons ago from Borussia Dortmund, Auba scored 72 goals in 111 matches for the Gunners. He has been the rare shining light in a grim couple of seasons. The just-concluded one being the darkest as the team finished eight! But the Gabon international believes the side can make great things happen with the new players.

"Look at the guys that came in. I think we can do something very big. And also the young players as well, they are coming like fire and this is why I stay. Because I know we have something to do. I said a few months ago that the best is to come for sure, for Arsenal. It's time for everyone to respect our club," said the African striker.

So far this summer Arsenal signed Willian from Chelsea, Pablo Mari from Flamengo, Cedric Soares on a free, loaned Dani Ceballos once again from Madrid, while Gabriel Magalhaes is the biggest capture. William Saliba also joined the club after he was bought last year and loaned back to Saint Ettiene. Also a former Auba club.

In his interview with an Arsenal striking legend Ian Wright, Auba wanted to thank the fans for their support, citing it as a reason for his decision.

"I used to be a supporter as well when I was young, so I know the feeling when your team wins, and when your team loses, so I understand them and this is why I stay here - because I love them."


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