Aubameyang: I’ll have to work hard to be new Henry

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says Arsenal’s history and the prospect of walking in the footsteps of great players like Thierry Henry played a part in his decision to join the club.

The 28-year-old joins the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee of £55.5 million and is expected to make his debut this weekend against Everton.

Speaking for the first time since his move to the Emirates was confirmed, the Gabon international also revealed he’s looking forward to linking up with new boy, and fellow former Dortmund player, Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

“Finally! I’m really happy to be here,” he told Arsenal.com.

“Of course I can join Micki in this team, so I’m really happy to be here in this great team.

“I think the club has such a big history and great players like Thierry Henry. He’s an example for us strikers. I’m really happy, like I said before.”

On his admiration for Henry, he continued: “He was fast and scored a lot of goals. He’s really an example. I think I have to work a lot to be like him, but I will do.

“I’m a fast player and I score goals too, like Henry a little bit. But as I said, I have to work a lot more.”

The club’s new record signing also had this message for supporters. “I hope that we will come back to the top as soon as possible. I will do my best to join in.”

We hope so too. Welcome Auba.

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