Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he almost dumped the club.
The Gabonese forward disclosed this on Thursday, September 24, 2020.
Specifically, Aubameyang said he had nearly left the club but later changed his mind to extend his contract.
Equally important, the lethal striker attributed his change of mind to manager, Mikel 7y. Aubameyang says Arteta’s remarkable work at the club so far had swayed him. Further, he revealed that the Spanish manager told him he could leave behind a legacy at the Emirates Stadium.
Aubameyang has remained one of the most fearsome strikers in Europe. He has also been the Gunners’ top scorer over the last two seasons. The club had offered him a new three-year deal which he inked last week.
The development comes as a source of relief to millions of Arsenal fans around the world who have endured watching their most prized forwards leave prematurely. Also, Aubameyang’s decision ended speculation over a potential exit; having entered the final year of his previous contract at the Emirates Stadium.
Manager Arteta made an instant impact at Arsenal following his appointment last season. He led the club to the FA Cup and also qualified the side for the Europa League. Aubameyang said his belief in the Spaniard’s philosophy had helped change his mind.
“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.
“I think that was important because it matched my game…Also, 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.”
Meanwhile, Aubameyang’s decision to stay with Arsenal was a major boost to Arteta; who said after winning the FA Cup that he wanted to build the squad around the Gabon striker. Arteta had admitted earlier this month that he feared losing his captain.
A number of top European clubs such as Barcelona and AC Milan were reportedly interested in Aubameyang.
“I was thinking about (leaving Arsenal), to tell you the truth, because I had good opportunities as well. Arteta said 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’,” Aubameyang added.