Arsenal’s star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has edged closer to a new three-year deal at Arsenal, which will see the Gabonese forward earn £250,000 per week, according to the Telegraph.
Aubameyang has reportedly reached a verbal agreement with Arsenal to sign a new deal, after gaining assurances that the Gunners would strengthen in the transfer market this summer.
The new contract will run until the summer of 2023, covering Aubameyang’s last 12 months of his current deal, and an additional two.
According to ESPN, whilst there are still some minor issues to be sorted out, the announcement of Aubameyang’s new contract could come as early as next week, which would see the Gabonese improve on his current £180,000 per week salary.
The forward will also receive further bonuses for achievements such as qualifying for the Champions League or winning the Premier League Golden Boot award.
So how important is this new deal for Arsenal?
Whether he played at striker or as a winger for Arsenal, Aubameyang has guaranteed goals for the Gunners. The Gabonese forward has scored 29 goals in only 44 appearances this season in all competitions, including 22 in the Premier League which saw him miss out on the Golden boot by just one goal.
Whilst many believe Aubameyang is more potent as a striker than a winger, his goal record suggests otherwise.
The 31-year-old has scored a very respectable nine goals from 18 appearances at striker this season, however, he has netted 17 times in only 20 appearances from out wide, assisting three times in the process, meaning he has averaged a goal contribution every game he has played as a winger, a truly world-class record.
It isn’t just this season that Aubameyang has proven what a world-class goal scorer he is either. Only four players in Europe’s top five leagues have scored 20 or more goals in each season for the past five years.
Those four are Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Even though that stat is remarkable by itself, when you take into account the teams the other three are playing in, and the fact that Arsenal were 16th in the league for chances created, it truly shows how incredible a player Aubameyang is.
The total amount Arsenal will have to pay the forward for the duration of his contract is £39 million, not including any bonuses he might earn, and for a player of Aubameyang’s quality, this is a bargain.
If a new contract couldn’t be agreed, then Arsenal would have needed to pay an insane amount of money to find another player of his standard, which would have been an even bigger problem given the financial crisis most clubs find themselves in.
The last time an Arsenal player scored more goals than Aubameyang did this season was Alexis Sanchez in the 2016/17 season where he scored 30 in all competitions, however, this still didn’t beat Aubameyang’s best season for Arsenal, which was last season where he netted 31 times.
The last player to beat that number was Robin van Persie, in the 2011/12 season, showing how remarkable the Gabonese has been since he joined the Gunners.
Overall, sealing a new contract for Aubameyang is a huge sign of ambition from a club that has often been criticised for lacking it. His signing also means Arsenal could be bringing in a number of good quality players over the coming months as the striker reportedly said he would sign a new contract if strong reinforcements were made.
If these additions are as good as they are believed to be, such as Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes, then Arsenal will be well on their way in their exciting rebuild to get back into the Champions League.