Hiiraan Xog, Jan 31, 2018:- OFFICIAL: Arsenal sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund for club record fee.
Having come through the ranks at AC Milan, Aubameyang impressed at St. Etienne before making his name at Dortmund. Arriving in 2013, the striker initially played second fiddle to Robert Lewandowski, but became the main man when the Polish striker moved to Bayern Munich a year later.
Armed with astonishing pace – the rumour goes that he is faster over 30 metres than Usain Bolt – and canny movement, he has netted 141 goals in 212 appearances for Dortmund.
Aubameyang’s pace is mesmerising, and he is an instinctive goalscorer, but he is heavily reliant on good service. For Dortmund, he has always been at his best when he has teamed up with the likes of Marco Reus, Ousmane Dembele or Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
His brilliant positioning and sharp movement mean that he is almost unstoppable when coupled with an intelligent winger or attacking midfielder. Left to his own devices, however, he has his limitations. He lacks the incision to create chances for himself, and often fluffs his lines in one-on-one situations.
Aubameyang has established himself as one of Europe’s premier marksmen over the last few seasons and has been in incredible form in front of goal this term.
Arsenal official statement:
Welcome to Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang!
The 28-year-old has joined us from Borussia Dortmund on a long-term contract for a club-record fee.
Our second signing of the January transfer window, Auba is one of the world’s most highly-rated strikers. He scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga games for Dortmund and had a hand in 172 goals in 213 matches in all competitions for his former club.
That works out at an average of 96 minutes per goal or assist.
Auba is the Gabon captain and all-time top goalscorer, and became the first Gabonese winner of the African Footballer of the Year award in 2015.
This deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes and Auba’s squad number will be confirmed shortly.
We hope to be hearing from the man himself very soon – watch this space for exclusive Aubameyang content!