Good things come to those who wait, right? Arsenal (finally) announced that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new contract. The deal keeps the Gunners’ captain in North London for three more years and could make him the highest paid player on the roster. We waited all summer. This is a good thing.
Said the newly signed striker on the livestream, “Arsenal fans, as you know, I’ve just signed da ting! It’s done, I’m really happy to be staying here. This is my home. It’s a great day...I want to become an Arsenal legend.”
Since Aubameyang joined the Premier League in February 2017, only Mo Salah (57) has scored more league goals than Aubameyang (55) (and only because Salah got a hat trick, with two penalties I might add, at the weekend). Aubameyang’s goals have bailed the club out more times than I can count, and I shudder to think where Arsenal would be without him right now.
Say what you want about his age, this is a deal Arsenal had to do for this season and next. If they couldn’t re-sign him, they were going to have to sell him, and they wouldn’t have been able to replace his production. I’m hoping that goal we saw against Fulham (and have seen a few times now) — build down the right, switch it out left to Aubameyang, he cuts in and scores with his right — becomes a feature of the Arsenal attack this season.
I think the club missed a beat by not announcing #14 on the 14th. But we’re going with “it’s 14+1 because Aubameyang has leveled-up” as our story. I’m thrilled to have him at the club for a few more years. Too often we forget — football is meant to be enjoyed. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is fun to watch and fun to have at my club. Let’s go.
How do you feel about that livestream the club did? Feels appropriate for PEA, and I particularly enjoyed Ian Wright joining in and saying, “for you to sign with us, in a time where we’ve seen legends leave us, you are legendary status.” I’m sensing a theme with this legendary thing, and I’m more than okay with it.