Gabon International, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has completed his move to the Emirates, Arsenal and their German counterpart, Borussia Dortmund, have both confirmed.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2018
Aubameyang joins the London side on a long-term deal for a reported fee of £60million, which is a club record fee paid for a player by Arsenal.
“Apart from the slight events of the past few weeks, we would like to remind ourselves that the story of Aubameyang and BVB for more than four years was a success story,” Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc said.
⚽️ Merci, Auba! ? pic.twitter.com/BBT3brVXMU
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 31, 2018
“Yes, it’s good news,” Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, said earlier. “We need people who can give us more offensive power, at the moment we are not efficient going forward and I’m convinced he(Aubameyang) will bring us that,” he added.
This transfer is still subject to the ‘completion of regulatory processes’, the club also announced, alongside Aubameyang’s squad number, which will be confirmed shortly
The 28-year-old becomes Arsenal’s second signing this January, following the arrival of Armenian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United, in a deal that saw star forward, Alexis Sanchez, go the other way.
He joined the Black and Yellows in 2013, scoring 170goals on 213 games in all competitions, including 31goals in the Bundesliga last season.
Aubameyang, who was named African footballer of the year in 2015, is also Gabon’s captain, and top scorer of all time.
Meanwhile, it’s turning out to be a great transfer deadline day for Arsenal fan as mercurial playmaker, Mesut Ozil, has agreed an extension to his Arsenal contract.
Ozil has put pen to paper on a three-year-and-a-half year deal that will see him remain at the club until the summer of 2021.
The deal makes the 29-year-old German the highest paid player in the club’s history, with a take home of £350k a week before tax, according to the BBC.
Ozil was set to be a free agent this summer, and was free to speak to other clubs from this January, and was linked with a move to Arsenal’s rivals, United.
However, Wenger is set to keep hold of his start midfielder, following lengthy contract negotiation, and has always been positive that the German would stay at the club.
The World Cup winner joined Arsenal in 2013, from Real Madrid, for a then club record fee of £42.5million, scoring 36goals in 186games for the Gunners.