Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year-deal with the club.

Aubameyang who joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund two seasons and half ago for a then club record fee of 60 million pounds would have become a free agent at the end of the 2020/2021 season, but has decided to pen a new deal at the club ending speculations about his long term future with Arsenal.

The 31-year-old French born striker has been a key man for the North London club since his switch to the Emirates, and the extension of his deal seems to be a step in the right direction for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta’s rebuilding process at the club.

Aubameyang has scored 72 goals in 111 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions so far, with 55 of the goals coming in the Premier league in 86 appearances. No player has scored more goals in the Premier league than Aubameyang (55) since making his debut in the competition.

He is also fastest player to reach 50 Premier League goals for Arsenal achieving the feat in 79 appearances in the competition. The former Borussia Dortmund man is also the first player to score 20+ Premier league goals in successive seasons for Arsenal since the legendary Thierry Henry.

Aubameyang expressed his delight on the contract extension and has this to say “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.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta also 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 is 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.”

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already started the new season the way he finished the last, as he found the back of the net in the Gunners 3 – 0 over Fulham last weekend. He will be hoping to replicate or top the 22 league goals which he has scored in the last two seasons in a row this term.