Yup, its official, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has finally joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund on a long-term deal and ended the desperate wait many Gunners had. The prolific striker arrived in North-London as Arsenal completed a club record move for Aubameyang having spent £56m on the Gabonese international on transfer deadline day.
Upon arriving at the Emirates stadium, Aubameyang said, “I’m really happy to be here in this great team.
“The club has such a big history and great players like Thierry Henry. He’s an example for us strikers. I’m a fast player and I score goals too, like Henry a little bit. I think I have to work a lot to be like him, but I will do. I hope that we will come back to the top as soon as possible. I will do my best to join in.”
However, Dortmund agreed to sell their master marksman to the English side only after a deal for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan was agreed upon. Aubameyang won the DFL Super Cup with the German outfit two years in a row in 2013 and 2014 and also the German Cup in 2017. He was also the Bundesliga’s top scorer last season as he finished the campaign with 31 goals.
Aubameyang was on red-hot form this season as well as he was banging in goals regularly for the black and yellow’s but was eager to move away from the Signal Iduna Park as Dortmund were struggling this campaign. All in all, Aubameyang scored a staggering 141 goals in 213 appearances for Dortmund including 21 goals this season in 24 games. But the club grew frustrated with Aubameyang’s disciplinary actions and was keen to sell him this winter transfer window itself if a bid was reasonable.
On Instagram, Aubameyang posted a picture with a caption that called himself ‘a crazy kid’ and then apologized for that after his departure from Dortmund. “First of all, sorry for everything that has happened in the last month, but I already wanted a transfer last summer, it did not work out, but now it had to be,” he said.
“Maybe it was not the best way for me to choose, but everyone knows that Auba is crazy – and yes, I am a crazy kid. I’ve made mistakes, but never with malice.”
Aubameyang was also named Bundesliga’s Player of the Year in 2016 and has played 56 games for Gabon netting 23 times. The 28-year-old was also named African Player of the Year in 2015 and will now wear the Number 14 jersey at Arsenal.
The Gunners will be delighted with their new signing as Aubameyang is one of the best forwards in the world and is extremely threatening with his pace and skill. He can open up defenses with his movement off the ball as well and links up well in attack. And Arsenal will also have broken their own transfer record in the last summer window after they signed Alexandre Lacazette from Ligue 1 club Lyon for a fee of £46.5m. Will he be the main man upfront for Arsenal- Only time will tell.