2018 saw was one of the busiest January transfer windows we’ve seen in years and it also broke all records in terms of finances. Perhaps that shouldn’t be too surprising considering the huge increase in transfer fees since the summer of 2017 but it still provided more than its fair share of excitement.
The highlight for many saw Arsenal break their transfer record to bring Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into the club. The fee is believed to be in the region of £60m and after a difficult first half to the 2017/18 season, the Gunners will be relying on a feast of goals from the Gabon international for many years to come.
The bookmakers will also be taking an interest now and we can expect to see many price boosts with Aubameyang’s name on. Here then, is what we can look forward to along with a look at the career of this talented player.
Aubameyang was born in France in 1989 and spent much of his formative years playing with youth teams across the country. His potential was spotted at a very early age and in 2007, Italian giants Milan got involved.
Milan offered the striker his first professional contract a year later but Aubameyang was sent out on a number of loan deals to his native France and never made a first team appearance for his parent club. During temporary contracts at Dijon, Lille and Monaco, the striker was still raw and his scoring record for each side was a modest one but finally he found a home with St Etienne.
Initially joining Les Vertes on another loan deal, Aubameyang signed a permanent contract with St Etienne in 2011 and from there he really made his mark and became one of the most prolific strikers in Europe. In three seasons with the club, he scored 41 goals in all competitions and that was enough for one of the biggest German clubs to make their move.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang really made his name at Borussia Dortmund and after a steady start in Germany, he started to return incredible scoring ratios which approached a goal every game.
He remained one of the most important players in the squad for five seasons but with Dortmund continually behind the prolific Bayern Munich in terms of domestic success, Aubameyang needed a new challenge and on January 31, 2018, he made that deadline day switch to Arsenal.
At international level, Aubameyang was eligible to play for four countries but while Italy were keen for him to appear in their Under 19 set up, he chose instead to make his debut for the French Under 21 side in 2009.
The striker could also have chosen Spain, through his mother, but when the time came to step up to senior level, he opted for Gabon who his father had played for and captained.
He made his full debut for Gabon in March 2009 and was soon extending his prolific goal scoring record onto the international stage. Early goals came against Togo, Benin, Senegal and Algeria and Aubameyang became an important part of Gabon’s subsequent World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations Campaigns.
An unusual stat came in 2013 when the striker scored a hat trick of penalty kicks against Niger. Those three goals contributed to an overall record of 23 from 56 games for Gabon at the time he arrived at Arsenal in January 2018.
Recent Scoring Record
Here is a summary of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s scoring record in all competitions across recent seasons.
|Season||Domestic League – Bundesliga, Premier League||Domestic Cups||European Competition|
|2017/18:||3 Goals in 16 Matches with Borussia Dortmund, 10 Goals in 13 Matches with Arsenal||3 Goals in 1 Match; 0 goals in 1 match||4 Goals in 6 Matches|
|2016/17:||31 Goals in 32 Matches||2 Goals in 4 Matches||7 Goals in 9 Matches|
|2015/16:||25 Goals in 31 Matches||3 Goals in 4 Matches||11 Goals in 14 Matches|
|2014/15:||16 Goals in 33 Matches||5 Goals in 4 Matches||3 Goals in 8 Matches|
Those are seriously impressive figures by anyone’s standards and it will be fascinating to see if Aubameyang can replicate those in England. They also show that the player is Arsenal’s most direct striker for some seasons so we should now see more enhanced odds offers focussing on the club.
While they may be out of the Champions League right now, the Gunners are likely to stay in European Competition so Aubameyang offers could relate to the Europa League or Champions League as well as the domestic competitions in England.
He’s only just become an Arsenal player and while the exact length of the contract has yet to be confirmed, we know it’s a long term deal that will see him at the Emirates for some years to come.
The player was 28 years old when he signed on at the Emirates and is therefore at a fairly advanced stage in his career. At the end of that contract, Arsenal may want to extend it or perhaps the player may feel that it’s time to move on and perhaps finish his career back in France.
For the foreseeable future, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is an Arsenal player and while he remains at the top of his game, we will look to bring you the best price boosts and enhanced odds deals relating to this talented player.