Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he expected to work with Arsene Wenger for years to come when he signed in January but accepts that football doesn’t always work out the way you expect.
The Gabon international joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in a club-record deal on 31 January and has since banged in the goals for his outgoing boss, becoming the quickest player to ten goals in Arsenal’s history.
Aubameyang’s strike in the 1-0 win over Huddersfield will go into the record books as the last of Wenger’s tenure and the 28-year-old admits he was pleased to give the Frenchman a fitting send off.
“I thought he would be at Arsenal for years,” Aubameyang told Standard Sport.
“But this is life. This is football. Sometimes you never know. But I was happy to play for him. I learned a lot in not a lot of time to work with him. I am happy to be here.
“Yesterday was important for us because it was the last game for the boss. It was important to win this game for him. It was special.”
Despite the early months of his Gunners career being pockmarked by enforced spells on the sidelines – he was cup tied in the Europa League – Aubameyang says he’s pleased with the way he’s got up to speed in England.
“At the beginning, it was really hard because physically I was not ready. I did not play in January, all month, so it was not easy.
“But after big work with the staff, I found my form again. I scored some goals and thanks to my team-mates, of course, because we work for that.
“These last few weeks we played well and we have a lot of young players. It is good for the future and I am sure next season will be a good season.”
Unlike many of his teammates, Aubameyang will not be heading to the World Cup. He’ll get the chance to put his feet up for a few weeks before embarking on pre-season under a new manager.