Aubameyang signs bumper new long-term deal

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has ended months of speculation over his future by signing a new three-year contract, the club have announced. The new deal is worth £250,000-a-week with further performance-related bonuses on top and represents a significant improvement on his £180,000-a-week wage.

Aubameyang has scored 72 goals in 111 appearances for Arsenal since joining from Borussia Dortmund for £56 million in 2018 and securing his signature represents a significant boost to first-team manager Mikel Arteta as he tries to guide the Gunners back into the Champions League.

“Signing for this special club was never in doubt,” Aubameyang said in a statement. “It’s thanks to our fans, my teammates, my family and everybody at this club that I feel like I belong here.

“I believe in Arsenal. We can achieve big things together. We have something exciting here and I believe the best is to come for Arsenal.”

Chelsea and Barcelona were among the teams to express an interest in Aubameyang, who had less than a year remaining on his old deal, but media reported in July the 31-year-old was willing to commit his future to the London club if he was given a three-year contract worth £250,000-a-week.

Arsenal agreed to those terms with further performance-related bonuses if the team qualify for the Champions League or if Aubameyang wins the Premier League Golden Boot between now and the end of his new deal in 2023.