Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has left Borussia Dortmund and joined Arsenal for a reported club record fee of €64 million . The 28-year-old’s deal completed on deadline day is thought to be worth €180,000 a week, according to various media sources.
The Gunners indicated that he has penned down a long term contract and upon the completion of regulatory processes, his squad number will be announced.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said: “Apart from the unpleasant events of recent weeks, we remember that the story of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Dortmund was a huge success for more than four years. He has done great things for Borussia Dortmund, scored many important goals and was part of the team that brought the German Cup to Dortmund in 2017. We wish Pierre-Emerick all the best for his future at Arsenal.”
Michy Batshuayi is set to be Aubameyang’s replacement if he joins on loan from Chelsea, where the Belgium striker has failed to establish himself in two years since a big move from Marseille. The complicated transfer triangle also involves Olivier Giroud possibly going to Chelsea from Arsenal.
Aubameyang’s departure comes at the end of a fairly drawn-out transfer saga that looked at one point like it would not to be completed by the end of the January window.
The pacy forward joined Borussia Dortmund from St. Etienne in the summer of 2013 for €13 million and he went on to make 213 appearances for the club, leaving as their third all-time leading goalscorer with 141 goals in all competitions.
The 28-year-old is Gabon’s all-time top goalscorer with 23 goals from 56 matches and was named the African Footballer of the Year in 2015.