- Aubameyang has officially left Premier League club Arsenal as contained in a press statement by the English outfit
- The Gabonese striker was frozen out of the Gunners’ first team after he was stripped of the club’s captaincy back in December
- The striker has reportedly agreed to join Spanish club Barcelona amid interests from several other European clubs
English Premier League club Arsenal have confirmed that former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has left the London club by mutual agreement, Sky Sports reports.
In a statement by the club on Tuesday night, the Gabonese striker captained the club for two-and-a-half seasons making 163 appearances and scoring 92 goals in all competitions.
Aubamayeng was Arsenal's captain until he was stripped of the armband in December 2021, leading to a frosty relationship between him and the club.
He has since not played for the club and the London side decided to let him leave on a free transfer in the winter transfer window.
Several reports claim that the striker has already sealed an agreement with Spanish giants Barcelona, as the player has now left Arsenal.
A club statement said:
“Auba joined us from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and won the Premier League Golden Boot in his first full season in 2018/19.
“He scored both goals in the 2020 FA Cup final win over Chelsea, and scored again at Wembley as we won the FA Community Shield against Liverpool at the start of last season.
Auba has been our captain for the past two-and-a-half seasons and made 163 appearances, scoring 92 goals in all competitions.
“The 32-year-old was named African Footballer of the Year in 2015 and won the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) in 2017 during his time with Borussia Dortmund. His previous clubs have been AC Milan, Dijon (loan), Lille (loan), Monaco (loan) and Saint-Etienne, together with representing Gabon 72 times.
“We wish Auba all the best for the next chapter in his career and thank him for his contribution to the club.”
Aubameyang to Barcelona’s status
Meanwhile, the 32-year-old's move to the Catalan giants nearly fell through, but a last-minute agreement was reached as the ex-Dortmund man put pen to paper to seal his move.
The 32-year-old former Borussia Dortmund star joins the Catalans on a free transfer with 18 months left on his Arsenal contract.
Aubameyang ready to play for free for Barcelona
Sports Brief earlier reported that the former Arsenal captain is desperately prepared to leave the London club and head to Spanish side Barcelona, even if it means to play for free.
Multiple sources are also reporting that the Catalan giants are also interested in signing the embattled Gunner on loan until the end of the season.
Barcablaugranes reported that the real issue that must be addressed is who will pay the Gabonese’ wages if he joins the La Liga club.