Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta has expressed that he has lacked confidence in believing that Arsenal’s captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would commit his future to the club.
Aubameyang, who had scored in the Gunners’ opening Premier League win at Fulham, signed a new three-year deal at Emirates Stadium this week.
However, the Arsenal manager said that such optimism was not always there. He said that;
“At the start, when I joined, I wasn’t as positive as I was a few weeks ago,”
“Obviously, financially, we were in a position where it was difficult to get what we wanted to get, and I think Auba had his doubts at the time.
“But things evolved in a natural way and I had a feeling that the club wanted to move forward.
“I had a feeling that Auba wanted to stay here and we were just trying to put those things together. That can sometimes take some time, but if the outcome is what we both wanted then we’re happy.
“I played my part, which is part of my job, to try to explain to him what we are trying to do and how important he would be while we are building.”
Aubameyang had joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and has since scored 55 times in the Premier League, as well as winning the FA Cup last season.