Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he thought of leaving Arsenal earlier this yr and had some ‘good alternatives’ elsewhere.
The Gunners captain was closely linked with a transfer away from the Emirates earlier than deciding to signal a brand new three-year deal in current weeks.
When requested a couple of potential exit, he instructed Sky Sports activities: “I used to be fascinated by it to inform you the reality as a result of I had good alternatives as effectively.
“However this sense to be right here – the love from the followers and all of the membership – I’m undecided that by leaving I’ll obtain the identical love, in order that’s why I’m staying.
“I’m actually proud to be the captain but it surely’s not the most important issue to remain. In fact, it’s an ideal job to do but it surely was not part of me staying right here.”
The 31-year-old has carried Arsenal in current seasons, and the membership embarks on a fourth-successive marketing campaign with out Champions League soccer.
Nevertheless, issues look totally different below Mikel Arteta, and the Gunners have begun the 2020/21 marketing campaign with back-to-back wins, including to current triumphs within the FA Cup and Group Protect.
“Two issues persuaded me to remain,” Aubameyang added. “The very first thing was Mikel Arteta, as a result of since he got here in he brings a number of positivity and a brand new philosophy for us.
“I believe that was essential as a result of it matched my recreation and I really feel that I can enhance with him. I believe this was the important thing issue and as effectively, the love that I obtain from the followers and the entire membership.
“Everyone seems to be treating me very, superb, so I really feel at dwelling and that’s why I’m staying.
“We had a chat throughout lockdown and we had been supposed to speak a couple of recreation and he stated ‘okay, neglect about it, we’re going to speak concerning the future’ and he requested me what I wished to do.
“I used to be like ‘I really feel good because you got here, I’m enhancing, and the philosophy may be very, very good so I simply wish to keep’ and he was like ‘I’m positive when you keep you possibly can depart a legacy, but it surely’s all about you and what you need. In fact you possibly can depart and go for trophies in huge golf equipment as effectively however I believe you possibly can create a legacy right here on this nice membership.’
“This was the important thing message to me and after that dialog I used to be like ‘okay, it’s all clear for me and I simply wish to keep’ and that’s it.”