Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Admits He Considered Leaving Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Admits He Considered Leaving Arsenal
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Admits He Considered Leaving Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Admits He Thought-about Leaving Arsenal

Aubameyang thought about leaving Arsenal before signing new contract
Aubameyang thought of leaving Arsenal earlier than signing new contract | Pool/Getty Pictures

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he thought-about leaving the membership as a result of there have been ‘good alternatives’ introduced to him elsewhere, however it was the change in philosophy introduced in by supervisor Mikel Arteta that in the end made him keep.

Earlier than signing a brand new three-year deal earlier this month, Aubameyang was within the last yr of his Arsenal contract. That introduced up the chance that he might depart as a free agent subsequent summer time and begin formally discussing his future with potential new golf equipment in January.

90min revealed shortly earlier than the brand new deal was introduced that Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester Metropolis, Liverpool and Chelsea had all made contact with the 30-year-old. However he determined to re-commit to Arsenal as an alternative and Arteta was key, as have been Gunners followers.

“I used to be desirous about [leaving] to inform you the reality as a result of I had good alternatives as nicely,” Aubameyang instructed Sky Sports activities.

“However this sense to be right here – the love from the followers and all of the membership – I am unsure that by leaving I’ll obtain the identical love, in order that’s why I am staying.”

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang mentioned the followers had performed a giant half in his resolution to remain | Catherine Ivill/Getty Pictures

Aubameyang, who lifted the FA Cup as Arsenal skipper on the finish of final season, defined {that a} dialog with Arteta throughout lockdown in regards to the future was instrumental in his resolution to remain.

He added that Arteta’s ‘positivity’ and ‘new philosophy’ have been main elements, whereas there was additionally a perception that, even on the age of 30, he might nonetheless be taught from the brand new boss and ‘enhance’.

Discussing the lockdown chat, Aubameyang recalled: “I used to be like, ‘I really feel good because you got here, I am bettering, and the philosophy may be very, very good so I simply wish to keep’ and he was like ‘I am certain if you happen to keep you possibly can depart a legacy, however it’s all about you and what you need. After all, you possibly can depart and go for trophies in large golf equipment as nicely however I feel you possibly can create a legacy right here on this nice membership.’

Mikel Arteta, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Mikel Arteta was crucial purpose Aubameyang signed a brand new contract | Marc Atkins/Getty Pictures

“This was the important thing message to me and after that dialog I used to be like ‘okay, it is all clear for me and I simply wish to keep’ and that is it.”

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