Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year contract with Arsenal.
The 31-year-old’s current deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but he has now ended any speculation linking him away from the Emirates by extending his stay for three more years at North London.
The Arsenal captain was on the score sheet in his side opening-day 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hinted after the match a new contract was close for Aubameyang.
“Signing for this special club was never in doubt,” Aubameyang said. “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.”
Arteta added: “It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us. 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.”
Aubameyang scored 22 goals in the Premier League last season and scored both goals in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final last season, a win that secured them a place in the Europa League.
The Gabonese also scored – and converted the winning spot-kick in a penalty shootout – as Arsenal defeated Liverpool to win the Community Shield.
Aubameyang has been one of the top strikers in the league since his move to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, scoring 55 goals in 86 Premier League games.
Aubameyang reportedly turned down two major offers during this transfer window in order to remain with the gunners.