Arsenal has finally signed Dortmund’s striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the club’s record amount of £56 million. Yes, all those rumours and UK betting sites speculations were right all along.
After a lot of back and forth, a ton of speculations, and some rude words coming from Dortmund’s officials, Arsenal was finally able to finalise the deal hours before the transfer deadline. Aubameyang has reportedly signed a long-term contract with Arsenal, which explains the record amount.
Of course, Pierre is not a nobody. He received the best Bundesliga player of 2016 title. Furthermore, Aubameyang was the top scorer in Germany’s top league, scoring 31 goals in the 2016-17 season. Also, he played 56 games for his home country Gabon and scored impressive 23 goals.
The 28-year-old confirmed this transfer in his recent interview, “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.”
He further added, “I hope that we will come back to the top as soon as possible. I will do my best to join in.”
However, Dortmund fans were not so pleased with this transfer, and Aubameyang left the club on a sour note. However, he did issue an apology.
Here it is in total, “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. 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.”
The former Dortmund Borussia star is set to join Gunners in their next match against Everton on Sunday, February 4th.
EDIT: Arsenal won 5-1, and Aubameyang managed to put one in the net at the 37-minute mark.