Arsenal’s newest signing Willian has suggested one of the main reasons he moved to the Emirates was to play alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Aubameyang’s contract situation has been a huge talking point at Arsenal over the past year.
At one point, it looked as though Aubameyang’s time in north London would be coming to an end, particularly during Unai Emery’s time in charge.
But the Gabon international has since dropped numerous hints that he wants to stay and work under Mikel Arteta.
Reports emerged last week that the Gunners had reached a breakthrough in contract talks with Aubameyang.
The 31-year-old has been on his summer break over the past few weeks but will soon return to Arsenal to begin pre-season training.
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He will be joined by a new team-mate after Willian signed as a free agent from Chelsea earlier this month.
And the Brazilian winger has suggested Aubameyang signing an extension was part of the reason for him to make the switch between London teams.
“I joined Arsenal because we can challenge for titles but Pierre will be a big part of the plan,” he told The Sun.
“He has to stay — it is very important to me.
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“This is a guy who gets 25-30 goals a season and we have to keep a player like that.
“He’s one of the best players in our team and somebody I want to be making chances for.”
Arsenal were able to offer Willian the three-year contract he wanted.
And the 32-year-old has revealed Arteta hopes to win the Champions League by the end of his contract.
“When I talked with the manager he told me why he needed me for three years,” he added.
“It was that he first wanted to qualify for the Champions League and win it by the time I left. That was what I wanted to hear.
“I was at Chelsea for seven years and won everything except the Champions League.
“Hopefully this move will give me the trophy I haven’t got as well as another Premier League title.”
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