Shelved at Arsenal for disciplinary reasons, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will try to get back to FC Barcelona. The Gabonese striker terminated his contract with the Gunners to join the Blaugranas for free.
The love story turns sour, and what had to happen happened. Pushed towards leaving Arsenal for disciplinary reasons and repeated breaches of internal regulations, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (32) will continue his career at FC Barcelona, where he arrives freely (6 months + 3 years as an option) after having terminated his contract with the Gunners.
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the club by mutual agreement. We wish Auba all the best for the next chapter of his career and thank him for his contribution to the club.”, the Gunners first said in a statement. The Catalans then announced the arrival of the Laval native: “FC Barcelona and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have reached an agreement regarding the signing of the Gabonese player, who has terminated his contract with Arsenal. The striker will sign a contract until June 30, 2025 with the Blaugrana club and will benefit from a departure option on June 30, 2023. His release clause amounts to 100 million euros. The club will announce the details of the presentation of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a new Barça player soon.”
A fallen and declining captain at the Gunners
First dismissed sportingly by an intransigent Mikel Arteta, the Gabonese international (72 caps, 30 goals), who was also unable to participate in CAN 2021 due to heart damage detected after contracting Covid-19 , was then stripped of the captain’s armband of Arsenal. A strong decision having probably precipitated his departure from the Emirates Stadium, even if the Granit Xhaka case shows that it is possible to recover from such an episode. Before that, PEA had nevertheless displayed worrying shortcomings on the meadow.
Since the signing of his XXL contract (until 2023) which made him the highest paid player at Arsenal last summer, the former Stéphanois was only a shadow of himself, very discreet even invisible in the game and above all author of huge failures in front of goal. The Gunners No.14 had lost the goalscoring instinct and confidence that were his strength. He has only scored 4 goals in 14 Premier League games this season.
Sad end for PEA
Arsenal fans will still have fond memories of Aubam, such as his double in the FA Cup final against Chelsea (2-1) in 2020. The year in which he also won the Community Shield, constituting his only two trophies in England. Bought for €64 million in January 2018 from BvB, PEA will therefore have scored 92 goals and delivered 21 assists in 163 appearances in the shirt struck by the cannon. He will try to revive under the leadership of Xavi with FC Barcelona who will also need him to find his way back to the pitch, then the nets, very quickly.
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