Gabon striker Aubameyang signs for Arsenal in club-record £56m 

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Arsenal have signed Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a club record £56m.

The Gabon striker has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal at the Emirates Stadium after agreeing a club-record fee with Dortmund that eclipses the £52.7m Arsenal spent on Alexandre Lacazette last summer.

Arsenal had two bids for the 28-year-old rejected by Dortmund before agreeing a fee that eclipses their £46.5m for Alexandre Lacazette in July.

“I’m really happy to be here in this great team,” Aubameyang said.

“The club has such a big history and great players like Thierry Henry. He’s an example for us strikers. I’m a fast player and I score goals too, like Henry a little bit. I think I have to work a lot to be like him, but I will do.

“I hope that we will come back to the top as soon as possible. I will do my best to join in.”

Gabon striker Aubameyang signs for Arsenal in club-record £56m

Wenger last night confirming the Gabon international’s arrival on their website.

Wenger said: “Yes it’s good news. We need people who can give us more offensive power. We aren’t efficient enough going forward.

“I’m convinced he will bring us that. He has a big challenge in front of him, he wants to win the Premier League.”

Aubameyang scored 141 goals in 213 games for Dortmund since 2013, including 21 in 24 matches this season.

Aubameyang joined Dortmund from French club Saint-Etienne in 2013. During his stay with the Bundesliga club the only major trophy he won was the German Cup in 2017.

He was named Bundesliga player of the year in 2016, and last season was the German top flight’s most prolific scorer with 31 goals. He has played 56 times for Gabon, scoring 23 goals

Aubameyang’s impressive stats

He averaged 116 minutes per goal in his time in the Bundesliga, a rate only Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski bettered in the same period (107 mins per goal)

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