Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed how the north London side came close to losing star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
After a long wait, Aubameyang committed his future to Arsenal by signing a new three-year contract earlier this week, worth £250,000-a-week. Spanish giants Barcelona were monitoring the situation at the Emirates and Arteta admitted he never felt confident Auba would stay until it was official.
"It was a conversation I had with Auba first, privately, and then with his father and his agent," Arteta said.
"It is incredible how necessary these conversations are to understand each other’s position and what happened in the past, things that have annoyed people, things that have made people feel important and part of the process."
Aubameyang who was on target for the Gunners last week against Fulham will lead Arsenal's attack tonight when they take on West Ham United.