After much speculation, the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer saga is over. The Gabon international will move to Arsenal for a reported fee of £56 million, a new club record.
It has been a busy Deadline Day for the Gunners, who also signed Mesut Ozil to a new contract worth £350,000 per week.
Aubameyang Transfer to Arsenal Complete
Sven Mislintat’s influence over the Gunner’s dealings had already been felt with the capture of Konstantinos Mavropanos earlier in the January window. However, with the Aubameyang transfer now complete, there is little doubt over the former Borussia Dortmund man’s ability to sign top players.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had been left out of the Dortmund squad for their draw with Wolfsburg on January 14. The striker had missed a team meeting during the week, which Aubameyang claims he forgot about.
His disciplinary record is somewhat spotty, as the player was also suspended in November for apparently being late to practice. He had also been disciplined in 2016 for an unauthorized visit to Milan.
However, Aubemeyang has also enjoyed a career almost absent of injuries. He has missed only three matches in his Dortmund tenure over fitness issues. No doubt that is good news for an Arsenal team with consistent injury problems.
Aubameyang began his career at AC Milan, though could not break into the first team. He was sent on loan four times before completing a move to Saint-Etienne, where he won his first trophy, the 2013 Coupe de la Ligue.
That summer Aubameyang transferred to Borussia Dortmund, where he went on to lift the 2017 DFB-Pokal. In all competitions, the striker has played 212 games for Dortmund, scoring 141 goals, including 98 in the Bundesliga.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is known for his pace first and foremost, as well as his lethal finishing. In fact, as Sven Mislintat is undoubtedly aware, the player can also be deployed as a winger.
With Arsenal a staggering eight points off of fourth place, they would need a massive effort from their new striker to become relevant in the league again. They are, however, hopeful that the Europa League will provide a route to the Champions League next season.
Aubameyang would form a very potent partnership with Alexandre Lacazette. Both utilize their pace and movement well, however, Wenger may have different ideas.
With Alexis Sanchez out the exit door at Arsenal, Aubameyang may be asked to play from the left in a front three.
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