A new three-year deal with Arsenal has been signed by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Here, the PA news agency explores the importance of Arsenal in Gabon International since its arrival in January 2018.
Signed for the then club record fee by Arsene Wenger, Aubameyang transferred from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal for the estimated £ 56 million on the last day of the January transmission window.
When Aubameyang was cupboarded in Europe, he soon showed Premier League how professional he was in the front line.
In 13 league matches, he scored 10 goals, just Alexandre Lacazette – who was signed last year – for the Gunnern, but still 14 of the 32 matches.
Aubameyang also had the distinction of notching the ultimate goal of Wenger’s 22-year term in a 1-0 Huddersfield victory after his 5-1 win over Everton.
The 10 goals he won helped Arsenal to gain four points, but Wenger did not end up in the top four despite the spectacular antiquities of Aubameyang when he arrived.
Unai Emery was the man who wanted Wenger to succeed, and he too would profit from the prowess of Aubameyang.
The 2018-19 season was another one full of targets for the player, after the last battle to find his feet.
Twenty-one of his 20 goals in the 30 Premier League started by taking Arsenal to the top four with the golden boat and the Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
These goals were also scored in crucial games, and over the course of the season, he received Emery’s 19 additional points, the difference between qualifying for the Europa League or not.
He was also qualified for the Europa League this season and again shined, with eight goals at 10 starting points, including a semi-final hat-trick.
With the sack of Emery in December and the previous captain’s expulsion of the Granit Xhaka, the new head coach Mikel Arteta and the Aubameyang skipper had to turn Arsenal around for the season.
His eleven league goals before Arteta came were already crucial to Arsenal 12 points, and after the Spaniard took over he would tally double his target.
But it was only once in the previous two seasons, when Aubameyang displayed his true worth that he participated in the FA Cup.
After not finishing 8th, Aubameyang took the bull by the horns in the FA Cup without a European qualification via the Premier League.
Whilst concerns about his future overshadowed most of the press conferences of Arteta, Aubameyang won two goals in the half-final win over Manchester City and reaffirmed the success of Arsenal in the final to overcome Chelsea 2-1 from behind.
Aubameyang reached the ground as September began the current season late.
The Gabonese shooting home the main spot kick, as Gunners won the first silverware from the new domestic campaign, guaranteed that the match will go to penalties in the shadowing battle between the Community Shield and the Premier League Champions.
The show took place in the Fulham opening range in Arsenal, where the former was scheduled to complete the scoring in a comfortable 3-0 victory in a 57th-minute run for Aubameyang.
The long-awaited announcement of his latest, long-term deal then improved a good start to the pitch.