Arsenal have completed the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, according to a statement released by the German club today.
The Gunners are believed to have paid a fee of €63m for the 28 year old Gabonese international, and he becomes the second major arrival at the club after Henrikh Mkhitaryan replaced Alexis Sanchez earlier this month.
It brings to an end a long and difficult negotiation between the two clubs, and at some points it looked touch and go, but in the end Arsenal have pushed and got the deal over the line.
Aubameyang joined the German side from Saint-Etienne, and has scored 141 goals in 212 appearances for them. Arsene Wenger will be hoping his connection with Mkhitaryan, as well as dovetailing with the creativity of Mesut Ozil will bring a new, fresh dynamic to Arsenal’s attacking play.
In a statement, Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, thanked Aubameyang for his service: “Apart from the unpleasant events of recent weeks, we like to remember that the story of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at BVB for more than four years was a single success story.
“He has done great things for Borussia Dortmund at this time, scored many important goals and is part of the team that brought the DFB Cup to Dortmund in 2017.
“We wish Pierre-Emerick all the best for his future at Arsenal.”
We expect official confirmation from Arsenal soon.
For more on Aubameyang, read this in-depth profile piece on Arseblog.