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The atmosphere in and around the Emirates hasn’t been this positive in about four years. The Gunners have lost just four out of their last 17 games in all competitions, and skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been the difference-maker more often than not.

The former Dortmund man scored 29 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season. He has started this campaign brilliantly as well, scoring two goals and providing an assist in three games.

The biggest concern Arsenal fans had ahead of the start of this season was regarding Aubameyang’s contract. The Gabon international had entered the final year of his deal, and many feared that he might leave the club this summer.

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Thankfully for Arsenal fans, Aubameyang extended his deal by three more years earlier this month. The Gunners skipper was asked about the reason behind his decision earlier this week.

He told Sky Sports: “Two things persuaded me to stay. The first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity and a new philosophy for us.

“I think that was important because it matched my game and I feel that I can improve with him. I think this was the key factor and as well, the love that I receive from the fans and the whole club. Everyone is treating me very, very good, so I feel at home and that’s why I’m staying.”

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Arteta’s influence seems pretty huge. The Arsenal boss remained confident about keeping hold of his skipper from the very start, and Aubameyang staying is a massive boost for him in his first full season in charge.

Arsenal have won every game in every competition so far this season. Aubameyang has played a key role in the three games that he has played, but the biggest test will be on Monday when Liverpool host the Gunners in the Premier League.

The Reds’ record against Arsenal at Anfield has been incredible over the years. Aubameyang will once again be the key for the Gunners if they are to take anything away from the game against the champions on Monday.

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