Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has committed his future to Arsenal, signing a three-year contract worth in the region of £250,000 per week.
The club captain had less than one year remaining on his current deal and had delayed a decision over his future until the end of the season, with Barcelona one of several clubs interested in the 31-year-old, who scored 22 goals in the Premier League last season.
At one stage, Aubameyang seemed destined for an exit, but after Mikel Arteta rejuvenated the spirit around the club and secured European football with victory in the FA Cup, the head coach and hierarchy managed to convince the Gabon international to stay.
Arteta repeatedly spoke of the importance of keeping Aubameyang towards the end of the season.
“When I was talking about the uncertain things that we have on the table, obviously he’s one of them,” Arteta said.
“With Auba, I think I’ve been very clear with what I want. The quicker we do it, for me personally, the better because the player will be more focused, more determined and more calm. But we have to respect the timings as well as the needs of the football club.”