Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 'Henrikh Mkhitaryan convinced me to join Arsenal'

Esther Moore
February 8, 2018

'They are all aware of it.

It took longer for Aubameyang to join the club.

'But he also had the notion that we owed to him because in 2016 he opted for us and decided against very lucrative offers amid the exits of [Mats] Hummels, [Ilkay] Gundogan and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan'.

He should get plenty as well, with Mkhitaryan a player he knows well from his days at Dortmund and Ozil finally free of the uncertainty which has clouded his campaign after committing to a new contract.

The Gabonese striker's £60million move to Arsenal was one of the more stunning transfers of the January window - and it came a week after Mkhitaryan, who he played with at Borussia Dortmund, signed from Manchester United.

Then, this term, Barcelona paid £138m for France frontman Ousmane Dembele and now Aubameyang has departed too.

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Losing a player to a club who have failed to qualify for the Champions League and could well miss out again this season might be frustrating enough.

The Gabon global scored on his debut in Arsenal's 5-1 win over Everton on Saturday as Mkhitaryan recorded a hat-trick of assists in a convincing home victory.

He said: "First of all sorry for everything that happened last month".

According to France Football, the Gabon worldwide, who wanted to leave the Bundesliga side after four and a half years at the club, was hoping for the La Liga giants to come knocking, something that never happened.

"I laid it on the line for the squad: the next player who does something like that will fail miserably", Watzke told German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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