Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to live up to Arsenal promise after Barcelona transfer

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s nightmare at Arsenal is now over.

The 32-year-old striker has now moved to Barcelona after the Gunners agreed to terminate his contract, despite there still being 18 months left to run on his deal at the Emirates Stadium.

Aubameyang was stripped of the captain’s armband at Arsenal towards the end of last year after the Gabon international was penalised by Mikel Arteta for disciplinary issue.

His career at Arsenal promised so much, and all in all, the striker did deliver. Aubameyang’s record of 92 goals and 21 assists in 163 appearances is definitely not one to be sniffed at.

The former Borussia Dortmund striker won just one major honour during his four-year stay with the Gunners – the FA Cup in the 2019/20 season – where he scored a brace at Wembley to help the north Londoners beat Chelsea 2-1.

Overall, Aubameyang’s personal record at Arsenal can be considered a success, but ever since he signed a new three-year contract with the club in September 2020, the truth is, he’s never been the same player.

When he agreed the extension, Aubameyang pledged that he will help Arsenal “achieve big things together” and that the “best was yet to come” for the north London club. But that has not proved to be the case.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, back in 2020, after signing a new contract with Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, back in 2020, after signing a new contract with Arsenal

He said: “Signing for this special club was never in doubt. It is thanks to our fans, my team-mates, my family and everybody at this club that I feel like I belong here.

“I believe in Arsenal. We can achieve big things together. We have something exciting here and I believe the best is to come for Arsenal.”

These comments at the time will have excited Arsenal supporters, as well as their star player committing his future to the club, but since then, it’s been downhill for Aubameyang.

Since September 15, 2020, when he signed the deal, Aubameyang has scored 20 goals – in all competitions – in 52 appearances, which is considerably down on his record before putting pen to paper on an extension.

In the 2019/20 season, he bagged 29 goals in all competitions, with his personal best for Arsenal coming over the 2018/19 campaign – with an incredible 31 goals for the Gunners.

He even managed to score 10 times in the second half of the 2017/18 season, despite only joining the club at the end of the January transfer window.

Things have not gone well for Aubameyang on a personal note since promising to deliver great things to the Emirates – and for the club as well, it has been extremely disappointing.

Arsenal only managed an eighth-place finish in the 2020/21 campaign, meaning the Gunners are without European football for the first time in around 25 years this season.

The disappointment with what happened on the pitch is without even mentioning the off-the-pitch problems that effectively forced through Aubameyang’s exit from the Emirates.

It was a career that promised so much, and sometimes delivered, but it may be one that will be looked back on in much disappointment from both parties.

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