The wait is finally over.
After a series of teasing social media posts, hints from club sources and what seemed like weeks of torment – we can breathe a sigh of relief.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed ‘da ting.’
Our club captain has put pen to paper on a three year contract and we will get three years of his goalscoring exploits.
Dependant on who you believe, Auba has agreed a weekly wage of around £250k-£350k – which on first glance seems quite exorbitant.
But upon close inspection, this money is fully justified.
Firstly, we were attempting to lure what is one of the best goalscorers in the world over the last five years. That means not just goals – but a consistent supply of them.
How hard is that to replace? Should we have reined in the offer and let him leave to another club who would have been all too happy to meet his demands, who could we have replaced him with?
Whomever we picked, they would no doubt be asking for the same wage.
Not only this, but behind the scenes, it is clear that Auba is a social glue that gels players together. His perma-smile, his relaxed nature but his fierce drive on the pitch is the perfect mix for young players to follow and other players to take a leaf from.
Aubameyang has won the Golden Boot already in his short time as a Gunner, and was very close to winning a second one last season. Injuries permitting, we now know we can rely on his goals – in the big games too – to give us a chance to progress even further and build on last season under Arteta.
And Arteta’s masterplan will have played a big part in the Gabon striker signing his extension. The striker not only would have sought assurances over the monetary side of things – he would have wanted assurances regarding the direction of the club.
In the current market, this extension is excellent business by the club but above all, we have a player who wants to leave a legacy at the club.