FC Barcelona sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

FC Barcelona sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The striker has terminated his contract with Arsenal FC

FC Barcelona and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have reached an agreement for the player to join the Club after the striker terminated his contract with Arsenal FC. 

The play will sign a contract until 30 June 2025 with an option to agree departure on 30 June 2023 and his buy out clause will be set at 100 million euros. 

The presentation of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a Barça first team player will take place on Thursday from 1.30p CET and you can see it all live on Barça TV+. 

European experience

Born in Laval (Mayenne, France) on 18 June 1989, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has triple nationality: Spanish, French and Gabonese, but plays internationally for Gabon. The 32-year-old has experience of playing in several European countries.

After being at several clubs as a youth, including AC Milan, Aubameyang made his senior debut in 2008/09 at Dijon in the French second division, on loan at the time from the Italian outfit. He caught the eye of a number of Ligue 1 teams, and would have spells at Lille (2009/10), AS Monaco (2010/11) and Saint Etienne (2011/13).

His next port of call was Borussia Dortmund in 2013, where he spent four and a half seasons, scoring 141 goals to earn his reputation as one of the sharpest shooters in the continent, topping the Bundesliga goalscoring charts in 2017 with 31 goals.

In the 2018 winter transfer window, he left for Arsenal, which where he has been for the last four years. He was top goalscorer in the Premiership in 2019 with 22 goals.

On an individual level, he was been named African Player of the Year in 2015 and Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2016.

His various team titles include the French League Cup with Saint Etienne (2013), the German Cup with Dortmund (2017) and the FA Cup with Arsenal (2020).

He has 72 full international caps for Gabon, scoring 30 goals.

Speed and goals

Aubameyang is a remarkably fast striker and has an eye for goal, having racked up over 300 as a professional. His powerful but accurate shooting have made him one of the most feared goal-getters in the European game.

He is versatile enough to play anywhere in attack, sometimes out wide and sometimes in the centre. His height (1.87m) coupled with his strength and acceleration mean he is especially dangerous when given space to move in. He is also a fine dribbler, reads the game to perfection and is extremely adept at producing combination moves out of nowhere.

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