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Auba: Why I Decided To Stay At Arsenal

Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed the two reasons why he decided to stay at the club.

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The African superstar was linked with a possible move away from the Emirates after a difficult 2019/20 season that saw the Gunners finish in eighth place.

The Gabon international was the star performer for Arsenal, and was said to be a target for the likes of Inter Milan and Manchester United. However, the 31-year-old put pen to paper on a new deal with the London club to end speculation of an exit.

"Two things persuaded me to stay. The first thing was (Arsenal manager) Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity and a new philosophy for us," Aubameyang explained, according to the Express.

"I think that was important because it matched my game and I feel that I can improve with him. I think this was the key factor and as well, the love that I receive from the fans and the whole club.

"Everyone is treating me very, very good, so I feel at home and that's why I'm staying.

"We had a chat during lockdown and we were supposed to talk about a game, and he said, 'Okay, forget about it, we're going to talk about the future', and he asked me what I wanted to do.

"I was like, 'I feel good since you came, I'm improving, and the philosophy is very, very nice so I just want to stay' and he was like, 'I'm sure if you stay you can leave a legacy, but it's all about you and what you want. Of course, you can leave and go for trophies in big clubs as well, but I think you can create a legacy here in this great club.'

"This was the key message to me, and after that conversation, I was like, 'Okay, it's all clear for me and I just want to stay' and that's it."

Aubameyang's previous deal was set to expire in 2021, which would have left Arsenal in an awkward situation where they would either have to sell the player or let the player leave for free next year.

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Although he has now committed to the club, he also admitted to "thinking about" leaving the Emirates due to the opportunities in front of him, but was swayed by the love of the fans and the club.

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