The 31-year-old finally put an end to the speculation over his future earlier this month by signing a new three-year deal in north London, worth a reported £300,000-a-week.
Arsenal’s chances of keeping Aubameyang appeared bleak before Arteta took over and the Gabon international was already exploring his options with 18 months left on his previous deal at the club.
However, Arteta has transformed Arsenal’s fortunes and Aubameyang has been a key part of that with the Spaniard building his attacking philosophy around the former Dortmund striker.
Aubameyang admits Arteta played a key part in convincing him to commit to the club, while the striker says the ‘love’ from supporters also proved vital.
‘Two things persuaded me to stay,’ said Aubameyang.
‘The first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity & a new philosophy for us. I think that was important because it matched my game & I feel that I can improve with him
‘I think this was the key factor & as well, the love that I receive from the fans & the whole club. Everyone is treating me very, very good, so I feel at home & that’s why I’m staying’.
However, after impressive victories against Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United in the run-in last season, Arsenal finished the season as FA Cup winners and followed it up with a win against Liverpool in the Community Shield.
Aubameyang says Arteta’s art of persuasion was already well in motion before those games though.
‘We had a chat during lockdown & we were supposed to talk about a game,’ said Aubameyang.
‘He said: “We’re going to talk about the future” & he asked me what I wanted to do. I was like “I feel good since you came, I’m improving, the philosophy is nice so I just want to stay”‘
He was like “I’m sure if you stay you can leave a legacy, but it’s all about you. I think you can create a legacy here in this great club”.
‘This was the key message to me & after that conversation, I was like, ‘it’s all clear for me & I just want to stay’.