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Aubameyang: Why I said no to Barcelona

The Gabon international ultimately signed a new contract with Arsenal rather than succumbing to Barca's advances

 
12:24pm on Monday 28th September 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed the two main reasons why he decided to turn down a transfer to Barcelona.

Following the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign Aubameyang became locked in talks with Arsenal regarding a new contract, with the talks being elongated due to the player not being completely happy at the club.

Aubameyang wanted to play Champions League football, and with a year left on that deal, Arsenal were prepared to cash in rather than allow him to leave for free a year later.

Suitors started lining up, specifically Barcelona, but after conversations with head coach Mikel Arteta, Aubameyang eventually signed a new deal with the Gunners.

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He says the Spaniard, and his adoration for the club and its fans, is what sold him on staying rather than transferring to Barca.

"There were several offers, especially from Barça, but also from other clubs," he told Canal Football Club.

"My priority was to stay at Arsenal for two reasons: the first is the coach, Mikel Arteta because we talked a lot during confinement (quarantine) and he convinced me, especially in relation to to the project.

"And of course, secondly, there is the affection that comes to me from the fans and from the people of the club.

"Since I came here I have been treated as one of them, and being one of them, I am going to stay here, it's that simple."

Arsenal have started the brand new Premier League campaign with two wins out of two, however they face their biggest test of the season so far when they take on champions, Liverpool.

Aubameyang says he and his team-mates are heading into the huge clash without fear.

"Liverpool? It will be good to compete with them," he said when asked about Monday's match.

"It will be a great test. We are ready, we go without fear. Obviously, we want to disturb them. It is a dream, and a goal for us."

Arsenal have already got one over Liverpool this season, having defeated them in the Community Shield on penalties.

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