Aubameyang signs new Arsenal deal after long wait

The 31-year-old confirmed his new contract in a live Instagram video on the club’s official account, bringing in over 109,000 viewers at one point.

The PA news agency understands the deal was agreed some weeks ago in the aftermath of Aubameyang scoring both goals in the 2-1 FA Cup final win over Chelsea on August 1.

The Gabon striker has been a talisman for the Gunners ever since joining from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

He has scored 72 goals in 111 games across all competitions and reached 50 Premier League goals in just 79 appearances – a record for an Arsenal player.

Now he has put pen to paper, Aubameyang is keen to emulate others who have made their names at Arsenal before him as he name-checked Thierry Henry, Ian Wright, Tony Adams and Dennis Bergkamp.

“Of course I knew about Arsenal before I arrived,” he said in a separate video celebrating his new deal.

“Everybody knows how special this club is, I have seen incredible players, passionate players, Invincible players.

“I dream of being one of them, amongst the best, and staying in the hearts of the fans forever.

“I want to become an Arsenal legend just like Thierry, Wrighty, Adams and Bergkamp – too many to mention.

“My dad is my biggest inspiration, he was captain of his club and his country so it means so much to me to be the captain of this special club.

“I want to leave a legacy, this is where I belong, this is my family.”

While speaking live on the Emirates Stadium pitch, Aubameyang added: “I am really, really happy to stay here.

“This is my home. I want to become an Arsenal legend and maybe leave a legacy. It’s time to work a lot to become a legend but for sure I will give my best as always.”

He also spoke live to Wright and current Arsenal team-mate Alexandre Lacazette.

Wright, who himself scored 185 goals for the club, praised Aubameyang for committing to the club.

“I love you, man. Thank you for signing – others left in the past but you’ve stayed with us when we needed you most,” he said.

“You are legendary status for life. I love you, captain. Everyone’s happy man. I’m going to try and come and see you later. The fans love you.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been asked about Aubameyang’s contract on a weekly basis even before his match-winning double in the cup final.

The Spaniard always declared his confidence in his belief that Aubameyang would extend his stay and even told fans on Friday that they should “relax” about the situation.

Aubameyang would then captain Arsenal to a 3-0 win at Fulham to open their Premier League season with a win – adding a fine third goal in the process.

“It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us,” Arteta said in the statement confirming the details of Aubameyang’s new contract.

“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. He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark. He can achieve that here.”

While Aubameyang extended his deal, it is becoming increasingly likely that one of his team-mates will soon bring an end to their stay in north London.

The PA news agency understands there is interest from a number of Italian clubs in securing the services of Uruguay international midfielder Lucas Torreira, with Torino believed to be winning the race for his signature.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez’s move away is edging clearer as he closes in on a switch to Aston Villa.

Martinez was in fine form at the back end of last season but it is believed he was told he would be second-choice to fit-again Bernd Leno this year and is now keen to play elsewhere.

Arsenal cruise to 3-0 win at Premier League new boys Fulham

The hosts showed flashes of promise, but goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Magalaes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured all three points for the Gunners.

Both sides had their fans wincing in the opening stages with dodgy defending, but it was Arsenal that broke the deadlock on eight minutes.

Pinball inside the Fulham box caused panic for the home side, but Lacazette kept his cool to scramble home the scruffiest of opening goals.

That defensive horror show looked to rattle Fulham, and they were fortunate not to be two goals behind at the break, as Brazilian international Willian rattled the post from a free kick.

And with the shell shocked hosts unable to react, Gabriel helped himself to a debut goal just after the restart.

That ended any slim chance of a possible Fulham fight back, but their top-flight return would not be complete without an goal from Aubameyang.

Willian found himself in space on the hour mark, his through ball left the Fulham defence standing and Aubameyang raced on and on to fire past Marek Rodak.

Parker threw on Aleksandar Mitrovic in the closing stages, and despite the Serbian testing Bernd Leno late on, Parker knows his side will need to improve dramatically for the long road ahead.

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Arsenal cruise to 3-0 win at Premier League new boys Fulham

The hosts showed flashes of promise, but goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Magalaes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured all three points for the Gunners.

Both sides had their fans wincing in the opening stages with dodgy defending, but it was Arsenal that broke the deadlock on eight minutes.

Pinball inside the Fulham box caused panic for the home side, but Lacazette kept his cool to scramble home the scruffiest of opening goals.

That defensive horror show looked to rattle Fulham, and they were fortunate not to be two goals behind at the break, as Brazilian international Willian rattled the post from a free kick.

And with the shell shocked hosts unable to react, Gabriel helped himself to a debut goal just after the restart.

That ended any slim chance of a possible Fulham fight back, but their top-flight return would not be complete without an goal from Aubameyang.

Willian found himself in space on the hour mark, his through ball left the Fulham defence standing and Aubameyang raced on and on to fire past Marek Rodak.

Parker threw on Aleksandar Mitrovic in the closing stages, and despite the Serbian testing Bernd Leno late on, Parker knows his side will need to improve dramatically for the long road ahead.

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Aubameyang’s new Arsenal deal ‘imminent’

Speculation has been rife regarding the Gabonese striker’s future, who has just a year left on his current Emirates Stadium deal.

Aubameyang had been linked with a summer switch away from North London, with Barcelona reportedly interested in the 31-year-old who has plundered a prolific 71 goals in 110 appearances since arriving at Arsenal in January 2018.

Now the Gunners’ master marksman looks set to stay at the club for a further three years, making him the best-paid player at the club in the process.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein has suggested that fresh terms for Auba are ‘imminent’, with the new contract worth more than Mesut Ozil’s alleged £350,000 per-week wage.

It’s also claimed that the player’s relationship with manager Mikel Arteta has been key in getting the deal over the line, with former Gunners director Raul Sanllehi said to have negotiated the majority of the deal before his recent departure.

Arsenal ready to offer Aubameyang new deal

Aubameyang turned in another stellar display at the weekend as the Gunners beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley to secure their 14th FA Cup title – no club in English football has won more.

It was Aubameyang’s brace at the national stadium which secured a first trophy for Mikel Arteta as Arsenal boss, and perhaps more importantly, secured the club a Europa League place next term at Wolves’ expense.

European football at the Emirates next season is a huge boost for manager Mikel Arteta, as not only does it give the club greater appeal in terms of attracting new players, but may also go a long way to keeping hold of the prolific Aubameyang.

The Gabon international, who recently turned 31, has been subject of speculation all season, largely due to his excellent goalscoring form coupled with Arsenal’s lacklustre showing this campaign.

Newspaper the Daily Star suggest that the Gunners are willing to offer Aubameyang a £250,000 a week deal to convince him to stay at the club, whereas other sources are suggesting a new deal worth more than £40m could be signed by the end of the week.

Whatever the scenario, Arsenal know that losing Aubameyang is also losing a major asset in the hunt for success.