Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has finally put an end to speculation about his future by signing a new Arsenal contract.
The Gabon forward, 31, was linked with an exit from the Emirates for months after entering the final year of his deal.
Arsenal and Aubameyang himself teased the announcement for many days, before finally confirming the contract news on Tuesday afternoon in a live stream from the Emirates.
A statement was later added to Arsenal’s official website reading: “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year contract with us!
“Having put pen to paper on his new deal, our 31-year-old captain wanted to break the news on Arsenal.com and on social media by telling fans LIVE that he was staying, with the ambition to lift more trophies and leave a long-term legacy.”
Aubameyang said upon signing his new contract: “Signing for this special club was never in doubt.
“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.”
Manager Arteta added: “It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us. He’s a superb player with an incredible mentality.
The new deal is understood to make Aubameyang the highest-paid player at the Emirates, surpassing Mesut Ozil’s £350,000-a-week wages.
It will bank him close to £60million over the next three years.