Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he turned down offers from Barcelona to remain at Arsenal.
Aubameyang put months of rumours about his future to rest by signing a new three-year-deal earlier this month.
The Gunners have been desperate to tie him down to a new deal for the last few months, with the forward entering the final year of his contract.
After a remarkable few years in Germany with Borrusia Dortmund, the Gabon international signed for Arsenal in January 2018.
The forward left Dortmund with a record of 141 goals from his 213 appearances in all competitions.
He immediately hit the ground running for Arsenal. In the second half of the 2017/18 season, he bagged ten goals from 13 Premier League games.
Aubameyang has now spent two and a half years at Arsenal. In that time he has scored an impressive 72 goals from 112 outings in all competitions.
The attacker shone towards the end of last season under Mikel Arteta. Aubameyang scored the winning goals as they beat Man City and Chelsea on their way to lifting the FA Cup.
Aubameyang has told Canal+, as cited by The Independent, that he said no to a move to a European giant to stay at Arsenal:
“They were several offers, notably from Barcelona,” Aubameyang told Canal+.
“My priority was to stay for two reasons. The first is the coach, Mikel Arteta.
“We spoke a fair amount during the lockdown and he convinced me, notably in terms of the project.
“And of course, secondly, is the love that I receive from the fans and people at the club.
“Since I have been here, I have been treated like one of their own and – as I am one of their own – I am going to stay here. It is as simple as that.”