Finally, Arsenal have secured their top summer target as top striker and captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang has finally penned an extension to his existing contract. This action puts to bed months of speculation hovering over the future of the Gabonese forward.
At some point last season, it looked like Arsenal were set to take a step forward and several backwards as that would have been the case if the former Dortmund forward refused a new deal which would have forced the Gunners to cash in instead of allowing him run down his contract and then join another club for free next summer.
Signing an extension at Arsenal was against all odds as the Gunners went into this season without Champions League football which meant Aubamenyang is yet to taste Champions League football in the red and white stripes of Arsenal but despite that, he opted to stay. Also chances of winning trophies could be said to be better elsewhere but he chose to trust the process of the Arteta project that delivered two trophies (FA Cup and Community Shield) within a space of few months.
Aubamenyang’s decision to sign could also be a pointer to the direction of Arsenal’s transfers. So far, Arsenal have signed Willian Borges and Gabriel Magalhaes on long term deals and Dani Ceballos on loan, while that is good place to start, it could yet end on a better note should the Gunners be able to push through deals for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Athletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey. For the fans, they can only expect but for Aubamenyang, he might be privy to more covet information or better still have assurances for their arrival to further bolster the team.
The extension of Aubamenyang brings to an end the vicious cycle of Arsenal losing their best legs at the height of their powers no thanks to stalemate over contract extension. The Gunners’ captain has proven that he loves the club and would not ditch if for another anytime soon. According to him, he rejected suitors both within and outside the Premier League.
With that singular gesture of renewing his deal when it was the least attractive option, Aubamenyang has acquired a legendary status for himself. He would now be mentioned in the same legendary breath as the Dutch master, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, David Seaman and Ray Parlour, amongst others. As the saying goes, it is not how far but how well and with that decision to stay, he has shown that in such a short time, he has found a new home in the red half of North London.
Arsenal are rebuilding but unlike before, they do not have to start from the scratch because a major pillar broke out but with this pillar firmly in place, more blocks can be added to make a beautiful edifice.
Now that Pierre Emeric Aubamenyang has signed, can the party start? Not yet, lets wait for Partey.