Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal. Gunners clinch record deal to sign striker

The Gabon international will be the most expensive player to cross the doors of the Emirates Stadium

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal. Gunners clinch record deal to sign striker

Arsenal has hired striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee. The Gunners announced the 28-year-old has signed a “long-term contact” at the Emirates Stadium. The Gabon international, who scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga games for Dortmund, is a replacement for Alexis Sanchez following the Chilean’s move to Manchester United. Borussia Dortmund confirmed 63.75 million euros as "fixed transfer compensation". The contractual documentation of today's agreement is to be completed immediately," it continues. Aubameyang will be Arsenal's most expensive signing so far.

In the history of most expensive Arsenal players, Aubameyang has cost 57.38 million pounds, about 10 more than French forward Alexandre Lacazette, the second one in this special ranking. On the third place German midfielder Mesut Özil with 42.30 milion. In the ranking of the 10 most expensive players who have crossed the doors of the Emirates Stadium also Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka (40.50m), Chilean Winger Alexis Sanchez (38.25m), German defender Shkodran Mustafi (36.90m), other defender Calum Chambers (18.21m), forward Danny Welbeck (18.00m), Spanish winger José Antonio Reyes (18.00m) and an other Spanish, central midfielder Santi Cazorla (17.10m).

Aubameyang signing is a welcome boost for boss Arsene Wenger, who saw his side’s hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League suffer a setback with a 3-1 loss at struggling Swansea on Tuesday night. Tensions between Aubameyang and Dortmund had grown in recent weeks, but the German side’s sporting director Michael Zorc said on the club website: “He has done great things for Borussia Dortmund, scored many important goals and is part of the team that brought the DFB-Pokal to Dortmund in 2017. We wish Pierre-Emerick all the best for his future at Arsenal.”

Yes, it's good news,” Wenger said yesterday. “We need people who can give us more offensive power – at the moment we are not efficient enough going forward and I'm convinced he will bring us that.” Wenger, then, added: “He has a big challenge in front of him. He wants to do well in the Premier League and, overall, I believe he is welcome and that's absolutely good news for us. But, of course, very important [is that we] make that happen soon because it's not over the line yet - but hopefully it should be done tomorrow [Wednesday].

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