• Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke Arsenal's transfer record when he signed for an estimated $72 million in 2018
  • Aubameyang signed a new three-year deal with Arsenal in the summer
  • The Gabon captain scored the only goal in the Gunners' win against Manchester United Sunday

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, one of Arsenal's most lethal goalscorers, signed a new three-year contract with the Gunners this summer. Since leaving Bundesliga for the Premier League in 2018, he has earned an estimated $49 million.

On Sunday, Aubameyang scored the lone goal for his side against rivals Manchester United, BBC reported. His penalty was enough to beat United, 1-0, in their Premier League clash.

Aubameyang's incredible scoring has been well documented even before he brought his skills to England. The Gabon captain played for Milan, Dijon, Lille, Monaco, Saint-Etienne and Borussia Dortmund before signing with Arsenal in January 2018 for a then-club-record fee of £56 million ($72 million), The Guardian reported.

It was Aubameyang's fine form in Borussia Dortmund that caught the eye of Premier League teams, scoring 98 goals in 144 appearances for the Bundesliga club. Soon, his name was on every top team’s transfer wish list, but it was ultimately the Gunners who secured his services.

The 31-year-old has earned an estimated £38 million ($49 million) in the four seasons he has spent with Arsenal so far, Spotrac reported. This includes the estimated £13 million ($16.8 million) he is set to receive for the 2020-21 season.

In the summer, Aubameyang signed a contract extension that ties him to the Gunners until 2023 and will see him earning around £250,000 ($320,000) per week, Goal reported.

Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Marco Reus celebrates with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after scoring Liverpool's third goal against Borussia Dortmund. Getty Images

When Aubameyang transferred to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in the 2017-18 season, critics questioned the move. He had been enjoying a great career in Germany, playing for a successful club with a winning tradition.

Jumping ship to a team that was struggling to recapture its former glory raised more than a few eyebrows. But Arsenal opened its war chest and made him the highest-paid transfer in the club’s history.

Is Aubameyang deserving of his massive contract? His numbers appear to prove that he is worth it. The Arsenal forward is the fastest player to record 50 Premier League in Gunners history, Goal reported. He achieved the feat in his 79th appearance for the club.

The only other players who achieved the same feat in fewer games were Andy Cole (65), Alan Shearer (66), Ruud van Nistelrooy (68), Mohamed Salah (72) and Fernando Torres (72). This just shows the French national’s potential, especially when utilized in his best position.

His performances have also earned him several awards such as Bundesliga Player of the Year and African Football of the Year, among others.

Arsenal is going through massive changes under manager Mikel Arteta. When Arteta took over from Unai Emery in December 2019, the team started performing well, capturing the FA Cup and Community Shield in just his first year. With Aubemayang leading the attack, Arsenal will only improve moving forward.