Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang revealed it hurt him to leave Arsenal by mutual consent before his move to Barcelona on a free transfer. The Gabonese striker trained with his new teammates after his deadline move to the Spanish giants from the Premier League. Aubameyang had joined Arsenal for a club-record fee of £60m. He was stripped of his captaincy in December after a number of disciplinary issues. The striker scored 92 goals in his 163 games for the club and won the FA Cup in 2020.
“To the Arsenal fans, thank you for making London home for myself and my family for the past four years,” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said. “We went through ups and downs together and your support meant everything to me. Having the chance to win trophies and the honor of being the captain of this club is something I will forever keep in my heart.”
“I have always been 100 percent focused and committed to doing everything I can for this club which is why leaving without a real goodbye hurts – but that is football,” he added. “I’m sad I did not get the chance to help my teammates in the last few weeks, but I have nothing but respect for this club and truly wish all my guys and the fans all the best and many successful years in the future! Love, Auba.”
“We wish Auba all the best for the next chapter in his career and thank him for his contribution to the club,” Arsenal posted on Twitter.