Arsenal have finally announced that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed to stay at the club for a further two years in addition to the remaining year he had on his contract.

via Arsenal.com
via Arsenal.com

We all hoped that Mikel Arteta’s relentless optimism that Aubameyang would sign a new deal would translate into actual ink on paper and, despite it being reportedly agreed many times over, this is really it and we even have the official announcement to prove it.

Details of his new contract can be found here.

“Signing for this special club was never in doubt,” Auba said. “It’s thanks to our fans, my team-mates, my family and everybody at this club that I feel like I belong here. I believe in Arsenal. We can achieve big things together. We have something exciting here and I believe the best is to come for Arsenal.”

Since signing for Arsenal at the start of 2018, Aubameyang has scored an incredible 72 goals, with 15 assists, in 111 games.

Aubameyang is currently 10th highest goalscorer in the history of Arsenal during the Premier League era, moving ahead of Freddie Ljungberg with his goal against Fulham. He needs just another eight goals to equal Alexis Sanchez’s 80.

But where does he rank when you bring in players who played for the club before the Premier League started as well?

Arsenal’s top all-time goalscorers

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates scoring during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium on January 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 09: Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates scoring during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium on January 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Name Total Goals Total games 100th goal game
Thierry Henry 228 377 181
Ian Wright 185 288 143
Cliff Bastin 178 396 174
John Radford 149 481 306
Jimmy Brain 139 232 144
Ted Drake 139 184 108
Doug Lishman 137 244 163
Robin van Persie 132 278 238
Joe Hulme 125 374 307
David Jack 124 208 156
Dennis Bergkamp 120 423 296
Reg Lewis 118 176 152
Alan Smith 115 347 251
Jack Lambert 109 161 149
Frank Stapleton 108 300 276
Theo Walcott 108 397 370
David Herd 107 180 165
Olivier Giroud 105 253 237
Joe Baker 100 156 152
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 72 Still playing n/a

 

With Auba to stay at Arsenal for another three years, if we estimate he will score 20-a-year at the club, a conservative estimate for sure, he would equal Robin van Persie’s total.

The smart money is on Aubameyang to knock the Dutch Skunk further down the list. He might even be able to catch Lishman, Drake and Brain.

Arsenal Top 10 Premier League goalscorers

1. Thierry Henry – 228
2. Ian Wright – 149
3. Robin van Persie – 132
4. Dennis Bergkamp – 109
5. Theo Walcott – 108
6. Olivier Giroud – 105
7. Robert Pires – 85
8. Alexis Sanchez – 80
9. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang* – 72
10. Freddie Ljungberg – 71

*still playing at Arsenal

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