• Mikel Arteta holds on to key striker who is also club captain
  • Aubameyang gets big pay rise from previous £200,000 a week

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year contract at Arsenal, ending any lingering doubts about his future and ensuring that Mikel Arteta retains the most important player in his squad.

The club captain’s commitment to a new deal had been an open secret for several weeks but Tuesday’s announcement means any potential saga is put to bed. Last week Arteta said supporters could feel “pretty relaxed” about the outcome of negotiations, which intensified after Arsenal’s FA Cup win on 1 August. Aubameyang, who rejected interest from elsewhere in order to remain with Arsenal, will receive a significant pay rise on top of his previous £200,000-a-week deal and could become the club’s highest earner.

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