Mikel Arteta is not surprised that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shunned interest from Barcelona in order to sign a new contract at Arsenal.
Aubameyang, with 72 goals for Arsenal to his name through 111 appearances, is already up and running in 2020-21 when he found the target in the 3-0 victory over Fulham on the opening day of the season.
But it could have been for another club this season if Arsenal didnt convince the hitman to stay and sign a new contract with the club, especially as there were reports that Barcelona had offered him a contract to leave the Emirates.
But after seeing his star man sign up, Arteta is not surprised that Aubameyang shunned interest from Barcelona in order to sign a new contract at Arsenal, he was quoted on Sky Sports: “I think a big reason why Auba is staying is because we have an incredible football team.
“We have some fantastic people working here and he feels the love from the fans.
“I did my part, explaining to him what we are trying to do, explaining to him how important he is going to be, what we are building. That’s it. The club has to take credit for that and all the people who put together this package for him to stay.
Arteta added: “The size of our club is as big as those names. The most important thing is the football club. What we aspire to be, and what we can achieve in the future.
“We must make sure that our players believe in our project.”
Arsenal signing up Auba was the biggest transfer deal that the club could have done this summer so now that he has, all the speculation can go away for another summer.
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