Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had chances to leave Arsenal, but has cited manager Mikel Arteta as a key factor in him deciding to stay at Emirates Stadium.
Among the elite European clubs, Barcelona and Inter were linked to the 31-year-old, who admitted he was tempted by a new challenge.
But, in north London earlier this month, Aubameyang penned a three-year extension with Arsenal to end mounting speculation.
“I was thinking about it to tell you the truth because I had good opportunities as well,” he told Sky Sports.
“But this feeling to be here – the love from the fans and all the club – I’m not sure that by leaving I will receive the same love, so that’s why I’m staying.
“I’m really proud to be the captain but it’s not the biggest factor to stay. Of course, it’s a great job to do but it was not a part of me staying here.”