Arteta was worried Aubameyang might leave Arsenal – Soccer News

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Mikel Arteta has revealed he was not at all times assured Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would commit his future to the membership.

Aubameyang, who scored within the Gunners’ opening Premier League win at Fulham, signed a brand new three-year deal at Emirates Stadium this week.

A profitable decision to negotiations had been hinted at for the reason that finish of final season, with Arteta optimistic when discussing a doable renewal, even with Aubameyang’s preliminary contract up on the finish of the marketing campaign.

However the Arsenal supervisor says such optimism was not at all times there, having recognized that the membership’s tight funds would possibly show a problem.

“At the beginning, after I joined, I wasn’t as optimistic as I used to be just a few weeks in the past,” mentioned Arteta, who was appointed in December.

“Clearly, financially, we have been able the place it was troublesome to get what we needed to get, and I believe Auba had his doubts on the time.

“However issues advanced in a pure manner and I had a sense that the membership needed to maneuver ahead.

“I had a sense that Auba needed to remain right here and we have been simply attempting to place these issues collectively. That may typically take a while, but when the result is what we each needed then we’re joyful.

“I performed my half, which is a part of my job, to attempt to clarify to him what we are attempting to do and the way vital he could be whereas we’re constructing.”

Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and has since scored 55 instances within the Premier League, in addition to successful the FA Cup final season.

The 31-year-old was linked with strikes to Barcelona and Inter earlier than signing new phrases in London.

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