At least according to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, yes this is a sign of big things to come for the Gunners especially after he thinks that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been “convinced to stay here for longer” after his starring role in the Community Shield win over Liverpool on Saturday.
Aubameyang, whose Gunners contract expires next summer, curled in a fantastic opener – before Takumi Minamino’s equalizer – and then scored the winning penalty in the shootout at Wembley on Saturday to send Gunners fans into cloud nine.
“It’s an exciting time to be an Arsenal player,” said the 31-year-old Gabon international.
Although the forward has scored 70 goals in 109 games since joining Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record £56m in January 2018, the club has been trying to tie him down for some time now and maybe this particular win could lure him to put pen to paper.
With Arteta putting a few things together, things seem to be looking well on course for the Gunners once again after also winning the FA Cup despite finishing eighth last season.
The mood around Arsenal, in the football context, is increasingly buoyant now especially after big wins against top teams like Manchester City, Chelsea, and now Liverpool. And some arrivals like the Brazilian Willian from Chelsea added to the Arsenal, the Gunners fans can be excused after overly celebrating winning the Community Shield which is not considered as a major trophy by the FA and most clubs.